Does a baby’s eye gaze really predict future autism?

Early detection of autism has been a dream of research in this field for a long time; early detection opens the door to early intervention, which in turn may offer opportunities to mitigate the consequences of autism. A recent Nature paper suggests reduced eye gaze to faces might be the key, but researcher Jon Brock (@DrBrocktagon) thinks that there are many problems, not least of which is that the authors might actually have evidence for the opposite pattern. His post is here.

Jones W, & Klin A (2013). Attention to eyes is present but in decline in 2-6-month-old infants later diagnosed with autism. Nature

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