Children with autism may have trouble learning because they focus on the wrong thing, say University of California, Davis, researchers who used eye-tracking technology to examine 18 children with high-functioning autism and 13 without. "We found that the children with autism focused on the demonstrator's action and looked at the demonstrator's face much less often than did typically developing children," said lead author Giacomo Vivanti. "The typically developing children may be looking at the demonstrator's face to check for information on what to do or how to respond appropriately, information that the children with autism are less inclined to seek."

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