This work was supported by the Sofja Kovalevskaja Award granted by the Alexander von Humboldt Foundation to T. Striano. We would like to thank Birgit Elsner, Thomas Gunter, and Herbert Roeyers for helpful comments on earlier versions of this manuscript.
Looking at Eye Gaze Processing and Its Neural Correlates in Infancy—Implications for Social Development and Autism Spectrum Disorder
Article first published online: 15 JUL 2009
© 2009, Copyright the Author(s). Journal Compilation © 2009, Society for Research in Child Development, Inc.
Volume 80, Issue 4, pages 968–985, July/August 2009
How to Cite
Hoehl, S., Reid, V. M., Parise, E., Handl, A., Palumbo, L. and Striano, T. (2009), Looking at Eye Gaze Processing and Its Neural Correlates in Infancy—Implications for Social Development and Autism Spectrum Disorder. Child Development, 80: 968–985. doi: 10.1111/j.1467-8624.2009.01311.x
- Issue published online: 15 JUL 2009
- Article first published online: 15 JUL 2009
The importance of eye gaze as a means of communication is indisputable. However, there is debate about whether there is a dedicated neural module, which functions as an eye gaze detector and when infants are able to use eye gaze cues in a referential way. The application of neuroscience methodologies to developmental psychology has provided new insights into early social cognitive development. This review integrates findings on the development of eye gaze processing with research on the neural mechanisms underlying infant and adult social cognition. This research shows how a cognitive neuroscience approach can improve our understanding of social development and autism spectrum disorder.