Eye contact avoidance in autism may stem from abnormal sensitivity of brain’s threat processing system, study suggests

A new neuroimaging study provides evidence of increased amygdala and face cortical network activation in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in response to face-like (or pareidolic) stimuli. These findings support the hypothesis of an overly connected subcortical face-processing network in ASD, potentially resulting from an early imbalance between excitatory and inhibitory systems. The study was recently published in Cortex. …


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