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Measuring the value of social engagement in adults with and without autism

Overview of attention for article published in Molecular Autism, June 2015
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  • High Attention Score compared to outputs of the same age (84th percentile)

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Measuring the value of social engagement in adults with and without autism
Published in
Molecular Autism, June 2015
DOI 10.1186/s13229-015-0031-2
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Indu Dubey, Danielle Ropar, Antonia F. de C Hamilton


Differences in social communication are commonly reported in autism spectrum condition (ASC). A recent theory attributes this to a reduced motivation to engage with others, that is, deficits in social motivation. However, there are currently few simple, direct, behavioural ways to test this claim. This study uses a new behavioural measure of social motivation to test if preferences for direct gaze and face stimuli are linked to autistic traits or an ASC diagnosis. Our novel choose-a-movie (CAM) paradigm measures the effort participants invest to see particular stimuli. This aspect of social motivation is also known as social seeking. In experiment 1, 80 typical adults completed the CAM task and a measure of autistic traits. In experiment 2, 30 adults with ASC and 24 age/IQ-matched typical adults completed the CAM paradigm. The results from study one showed that typical adults prefer social stimuli over non-social, but this preference is weaker in those with higher levels of autistic traits. In study two, adults with ASC showed a significant reduction in their preference for direct gaze but little difference in their preference for faces without direct gaze. These data show that social motivation can be measured in a simple, direct, behavioural paradigm. Furthermore, adults with ASC prefer direct gaze less than typical adults but may not avoid faces without direct gaze. This data advance our understanding of how social motivation may differ between those with and without autism.

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Geographical breakdown

Country Count As %
United Kingdom 1 <1%
Unknown 121 99%

Demographic breakdown

Readers by professional status Count As %
Student > Master 30 25%
Student > Ph. D. Student 18 15%
Student > Bachelor 15 12%
Researcher 11 9%
Student > Postgraduate 9 7%
Other 21 17%
Unknown 18 15%
Readers by discipline Count As %
Psychology 58 48%
Neuroscience 10 8%
Medicine and Dentistry 4 3%
Engineering 4 3%
Agricultural and Biological Sciences 3 2%
Other 15 12%
Unknown 28 23%

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