Revealing the world of autism through the lens of a camera

Shuo Wang, Shaojing Fan, Bo Chen, Shabnam Hakimi, Lynn K. Paul, Qi Zhao, Ralph Adolphs

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People with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) show atypical attention to social stimuli [1] and gaze at faces [2] and complex images [3] in unusual ways. But all studies to date are limited by the experimenter's selected stimuli, which are generally photographs taken by people without autism. What might participants with ASD show us if they were the ones taking the photos? We gave participants a digital camera and analysed the photos they took: images taken by participants with ASD had unusual features and showed strikingly different ways of photographing other people.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)R909-R910
JournalCurrent Biology
Issue number20
StatePublished - Oct 24 2016

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
We thank Catherine Holcomb, Tim Armstrong, Remya Nair and Sai Sun for help with running the experiment and providing ratings, Daniel Kennedy and Christina Corsello for judging and rating the photos, and Daniel Kennedy also for comments on the manuscript. This research was supported by a post-doctoral fellowship from the Autism Science Foundation (S.W.), and a grant from the Simons Foundation (SFARI Award 346839, R.A.). The authors declare no conflict of interest.

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© 2016 Elsevier Ltd


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