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Looking at eye gaze processing and its neural correlates in infancy-implications for social development and autism spectrum disorder

Research output: Contribution to journalScientific review

Published

Journal publication date07/2009
JournalChild Development
Journal number4
Volume80
Number of pages18
Pages968-985
Original languageEnglish

Abstract

The importance of eye gaze as a means of communication is indisputable. However, there is debate about whether there is a dedicated neural module, which functions as an eye gaze detector and when infants are able to use eye gaze cues in a referential way. The application of neuroscience methodologies to developmental psychology has provided new insights into early social cognitive development. This review integrates findings on the development of eye gaze processing with research on the neural mechanisms underlying infant and adult social cognition. This research shows how a cognitive neuroscience approach can improve our understanding of social development and autism spectrum disorder.