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Variation in the human cannabinoid receptor CNR1 gene modulates gaze duration for happy faces.

Overview of attention for article published in Molecular Autism, June 2011
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Variation in the human cannabinoid receptor CNR1 gene modulates gaze duration for happy faces.
Published in
Molecular Autism, June 2011
DOI 10.1186/2040-2392-2-10
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Bhismadev Chakrabarti, Simon Baron-Cohen, Chakrabarti B, Baron-Cohen S


From an early age, humans look longer at preferred stimuli and also typically look longer at facial expressions of emotion, particularly happy faces. Atypical gaze patterns towards social stimuli are common in autism spectrum conditions (ASC). However, it is unknown whether gaze fixation patterns have any genetic basis. In this study, we tested whether variations in the cannabinoid receptor 1 (CNR1) gene are associated with gaze duration towards happy faces. This gene was selected because CNR1 is a key component of the endocannabinoid system, which is involved in processing reward, and in our previous functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) study, we found that variations in CNR1 modulate the striatal response to happy (but not disgust) faces. The striatum is involved in guiding gaze to rewarding aspects of a visual scene. We aimed to validate and extend this result in another sample using a different technique (gaze tracking).

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 2 2%
United States 2 2%
Germany 1 <1%
Switzerland 1 <1%
Brazil 1 <1%
Hungary 1 <1%
Canada 1 <1%
Turkey 1 <1%
Unknown 116 92%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Researcher 23 18%
Student > Master 20 16%
Student > Ph. D. Student 15 12%
Student > Bachelor 15 12%
Student > Doctoral Student 13 10%
Other 28 22%
Unknown 12 10%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 38 30%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 12 10%
Medicine and Dentistry 12 10%
Neuroscience 12 10%
Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology 8 6%
Other 24 19%
Unknown 20 16%

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