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Curr Biol. 2016 Oct 24;26(20):R909-R910. doi: 10.1016/j.cub.2016.08.055.

Revealing the world of autism through the lens of a camera.

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1
Computation and Neural Systems, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA; Humanities and Social Sciences, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA. Electronic address: wangshuo45@gmail.com.
2
Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering, National University of Singapore, 117583 Singapore; Department of Computer Science and Engineering, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, MN 55455, USA.
3
Computation and Neural Systems, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA.
4
Humanities and Social Sciences, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA.
5
Computation and Neural Systems, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA; Humanities and Social Sciences, California Institute of Technology, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA. Electronic address: radolphs@hss.caltech.edu.

Abstract

People with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) show atypical attention to social stimuli [1] and gaze at faces [2] and complex images [3] in unusual ways. But all studies to date are limited by the experimenter's selected stimuli, which are generally photographs taken by people without autism. What might participants with ASD show us if they were the ones taking the photos? We gave participants a digital camera and analysed the photos they took: images taken by participants with ASD had unusual features and showed strikingly different ways of photographing other people.

PMID:
27780054
PMCID:
PMC5549856
DOI:
10.1016/j.cub.2016.08.055
[Indexed for MEDLINE]
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