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Thursday, 27 September 2007

Mental Health Research Seminar - Social perception in children with autism and Asperger Syndrome

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Mental Health Research Seminar

Social perception in children with autism and Asperger Syndrome

By Steven Stagg,


Psychology Department, Goldsmiths College, University of London

12.30-1.30pm on Tuesday 16 October 2007

Ground Floor Seminar Room, ScHARR, Regent Court,University of Sheffield

Steven holds a bachelor’s degree in psychology (Open University) and a master’s in research methods (London University). He is currently studying for his PhD in the subject of this talk about which he says: “One of the major criteria used to diagnose Autism is impairment in social functioning manifest in lack of eye-contact and diminished interaction with others. Recent eye-tracking studies have proved inconclusive in confirming this, showing both a preference for human figures over objects in children with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) (van der Geest, Kemner, Camfferman, Verbaten, & van Engeland, 2002) and abnormal attention to social stimuli (Klin, Jones, Schultz, Volkmar, & Cohen, 2002). This talk centres on a recent study carried out towards my PhD to see if children with ASD show normal patterns of eye-movement when faced with a complex choice of social stimuli and whether children diagnosed with High Functioning Autism and Asperger Syndrome show equivalent performance.”

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