Interesting finding about kids with autism and blinking

This is a pretty interesting study that had toddlers on the autism spectrum and typically developing kids both watch a video in which two children in a wagon were arguing about whether the door should be open or closed.

(First you should know that when we're watching something that interests us, we blink less because we don't want to miss anything.)

So the researchers found that the typically developing kids blinked less during the emotional exchanged between the two kids.

But the toddlers with autism/Asperger's blinked less when the video focused on physical objects in motion (e.g. the wagon door being slammed).

So how can this study help us? It might give us a way to measure a child's engagement in various stimuli - to let us know if certain therapies are effective.

Here's the link:


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