Virtual reality yields clues to social difficulties in autism

Virtual reality yields clues to social difficulties in autism

Published in both the Spectrum and the Scientific American, this article by Cognitive Science Research Fellows Nathan Caruana and Jon Brock, reviews the findings from a recent study using virtual reality to investigate the differences of interactions between a control group and adults with autism. 

So far it is found that: the difficulties of adults with autism are specific to the social interaction involved in the task, and cannot be explained by other factors that might affect performance — such as the ability to orient attention or control eye movements. Our findings suggest that subtle joint-attention difficulties continue into adulthood, at least for some people with autism. This contrasts with evidence from other studies suggesting that children and adults with autism have no difficulty responding to eye-gaze cues on a computer screen.

Image credit: Julien Pacaud for Spectrum

Content owner: Department of Cognitive Science Last updated: 05 Jun 2019 8:56am

Back to the top of this page