Why Eye Contact Is So Distressing for People With Autism by Pauline Campos.docx

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Why Eye Contact Is So Distressing for People With Autism by Pauline Campos Lack of eye contact indicates a lack of empathy or connection Mind blindness (1980s) by Simon Baron-Cohen and Uta Frith Theory of mind states that autistic people lack the ability to imagine the thoughts and feelings of others. However, New researches challenges their findings. The study published in June in Scientific Reports states that people with autism lack eye contact because it causes them anxiety not because they lack empathy. Their new findings could affect how autistic individuals, specifically children, are treated using various therapeutic methods. In the report, scientists revealed the discovery of a part of the brain responsible for helping newborns turn their heads toward familiar faces is abnormally activated in individuals with autism, leading to increased anxiety due to overstimulation. Researchers said their results show pushing individuals to look
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  • Psychology, Simon Baron-Cohen

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