Wednesday, August 30, 2017

Eye Contact ‘Too Much’ For Many With ASD, Study Finds

Avoiding direct eye contact with others is one of the most common characteristics associated with individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Many have traditionally assumed it is a sign of social or personal indifference.

Not so, says a new study published in the journal Scientific Reports.

According to the study, looking someone in the eye can result in unpleasant overstimulation of the brain for people with autism.

Overall, the findings suggest an imbalance between the neurotransmitters that stimulate the brain and those that tend to calm it, according to the researchers. In people with autism, the imbalance may favor the excitatory subcortical signaling involved in face perception. That, in turn, can result in an aversion to direct eye contact.

Read more here at Disability Scoop.