Navigation Links
Research into children with autism published in JoVE

Though the prevalence of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) has been steadily climbing from 6 in 1,000 children in 2002, to nearly 10 in 1,000 children in 2006, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention little is known about the disorder. But, research with young kids can lead to important insights in how children with developmental abnormalities view the world. This month in the Journal of Visualized Experiments, researchers demonstrate how to use eye-tracking in very young children with autism.

"Generally, individuals new to this method often struggle, as eye-tracking young children with autism involves unique challenges that are not present when tracking typically-developing older children or adult population," said paper-author Dr. Noah Sasson.

Eye-tracking is one of the few quantifiable ways to study children with autism spectrum disorder. It requires that children look at pictures on a screen in this study, objects and faces and the eye-tracking technology can record where a child is looking, when.

Dr. Sasson explains that though researchers have known for a long time about the social impairment that comes with autism, they are not sure if young children with autism are actually looking at faces differently, or ignoring faces all together.

To help other scientists who are interested in answering this question, Dr. Sasson published his methodology in JoVE, the only peer reviewed, PubMed-indexed science journal to publish all of its content in both text and video format.

"This article addresses an important topic," said JoVE Editor, Leiam Colbert. "There are challenges with research of this kind both from the methodological and clinical perspectives. Less experienced researchers may or may not be aware of the difficulties inherent in eye-tracking children with autism. The need for standardisation of this type is great, to prevent the publication of spurious results, or wasting scarce research funds and participant time."

The video-article shows how Dr. Sasson sets up the lab with few distractions, so the children participating are more likely to focus on the eye-tracking screen and how cartoons and moving images with sounds are useful ways to get children to refocus their attention on the screen.

"I think visually seeing the lab, visually seeing the child and how to conduct the test is important," said Dr. Sasson. "I think this will be a very helpful resource."

Contact: Katherine Scott
617-765-4367 x301
The Journal of Visualized Experiments

Related medicine news :

1. Research gives hope to detecting cancer in early stages
2. Research Spots Potential New Target in Fight Against Baldness
3. Nemours researchers uncover new evidence of cancer-causing agent present in gaseous phase of cigarette smoke
4. ASCO honors Ching-Hon Pui, M.D., for work advancing childhood cancer research and treatment
5. International research finds quality and safety problems in hospitals throughout 13 countries
6. NIH researchers highlight progress, path forward for developing TB vaccines
7. Penn researchers find mentoring provides health benefits for African American veterans with diabetes
8. Mayo Clinic researchers building melanoma vaccine to combat skin cancer
9. Half of Stroke Victims Dont Call 911, Research Shows
10. Researcher Uses Genomics to Predict His Odds for Disease
11. Biology researcher on verge of major breakthrough in drug creation process
Post Your Comments:
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... , ... Lizzie’s Lice Pickers just announced a special promotion that will run ... purchase of lice treatment product. In addition, customers will receive a complimentary head Check ... lice is a sure way to ruin the holidays, so we encourage all of ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... ... 27, 2015 , ... Consistent with the Radiology Business ... Better Radiology Marketing Programs meeting will showcase some of the best 2015 ... Caesars Palace in Las Vegas with a pre-conference session on a collaborative approach ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... (PRWEB) , ... November 27, 2015 , ... ... Health-E-minds, an innovative online platform for mental health and wellness consultation, has collaborated ... This partnership will bridge the knowledge gap experienced by parents and bring advice ...
(Date:11/27/2015)... Francisco, California (PRWEB) , ... November 27, 2015 , ... ... Janis Joplin Ann Arbor Michigan boxing style concert posters. This is one of Joplin's ... at the Canterbury House at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. The According ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... ... November 26, 2015 , ... CognisantMD and Cambridge ... imaging in the Waterloo region. Using the Ocean Platform, family physicians can now ... their electronic medical record (EMR) without the need for redundant patient entry or ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:11/26/2015)... , Países Bajos, November 26, 2015 ... terapia fotodinámica de Bremachlorin para el cáncer avanzado. ... inmunoterapia con la terapia fotodinámica de Bremachlorin para el ... nuevo enfoque combina la inmunoterapia con la terapia fotodinámica ... Clinical Cancer Research . --> Clinical ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... Nov. 26, 2015 Research and Markets ( ... Cardiac Pacemaker Market Outlook to 2019 - Rise in Cardiac ... " report to their offering. ... Boston scientific and others. --> ... Medtronic, Biotronik, Boston scientific and others. ...
(Date:11/26/2015)... , November 26, 2015 ... of the "2016 Future Horizons and ... Abuse Testing Market: Supplier Shares, Country Segment ... to their offering. --> ... "2016 Future Horizons and Growth Strategies ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: