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Journal of Psychology & Psychotherapy
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Research Article

Social Attention is Measurably and Increasingly Atypical Across the First Six Months in the Broader Autism Phenotype

Rutherford MD*


Department of Psychology, Neuroscience and Behaviour, McMaster University, USA

Corresponding Author:
Rutherford MD
Department of Psychology
Neuroscience and Behavior
McMaster University, 1280 Main Street West
Hamilton, ON, L8S 4K1, USA
Tel: 905-525-9140
E-mail: [email protected]

Received date: June 24, 2013; Accepted date: August 29, 2013; Published date: September 05, 2013

Citation: Rutherford MD (2013) Social Attention is Measurably and Increasingly Atypical Across the First Six Months in the Broader Autism Phenotype. J Psychol Psychother 3:125. doi:10.4172/2161-0487.1000125

Copyright: © 2013 Rutherford MD. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.



Children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are different from those without ASD with respect to some aspects of social attention. This difference may have developmental implications, as attention to social information supports both social and cognitive development. This longitudinal study measures early social attention in infants, based on infants’ gaze direction in response to faces, eyes, and animate motion, and compares a group of infants who have a sibling with ASD to a control group. Infant siblings show social preferences significantly less strongly than the control group as early as six months of age. Furthermore, results reveal diverging developmental trajectories, as group differences increase over the first half of the first year of life.


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