Gaze aversion as a cognitive load management strategy in autism spectrum disorder and Williams syndrome

Doherty-Sneddon, Gwyneth, Riby, Deborah and Whittle, Lisa (2012) Gaze aversion as a cognitive load management strategy in autism spectrum disorder and Williams syndrome. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 53 (4). pp. 420-430. ISSN 0021-9630

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Abstract

During face-to-face questioning typically developing children and adults use gaze aversion (GA), away from their questioner, when thinking. GA increases with question difficulty and improves the accuracy of responses. This is the first study to investigate whether individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD; associated with reduced sociability and atypical face gaze) and Williams syndrome (WS; associated with hypersociability and atypical face gaze) use GA to manage cognitive load during face-to-face interactions.

Item Type: Article
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Uncontrolled Keywords: Eye contact, gaze, Williams syndrome, gaze aversion, autism spectrum disorder
Subjects: C800 Psychology
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Psychology
Depositing User: Ay Okpokam
Date Deposited: 12 Dec 2011 22:27
Last Modified: 02 Nov 2017 16:25
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/4035

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