Infants’ Gaze Shifting May Predict Autism

Baby Gaze

A study led by University of North Carolina researchers found that 7-month-old infants who go on to develop autism were slower to reorient their gaze and shift attention from one object to another when compared with infants who did not develop autism.

This behavior pattern is explained, at least in part, by an atypical brain circuit in the splenium of the corpus callosum area of the brain, says first author of the study Jed T. Ellison, who worked on the study as part of the Infant Brain Imaging Study Network for his doctoral dissertation at UNC. The study was reported in the March 20, 2013, issue of The American Journal of Psychiatry. For more information, go to ajp.psychiatryonline.org and search for Atypical Visual.

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