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Intact attentional orienting towards inverted faces revealed by both manual responses and eye-movement measurement in individuals with Williams syndrome.

Authors
  • Hirai, M1, 2
  • Muramatsu, Y3
  • Mizuno, S4
  • Kurahashi, N4
  • Kurahashi, H4
  • Nakamura, M3
  • 1 Institute for Developmental Research, Aichi Human Service Center, Kasugai, Aichi, Japan. [email protected] , (Japan)
  • 2 Center for Development of Advanced Medical Technology, Jichi Medical University, Shimotsuke, Tochigi, Japan. [email protected] , (Japan)
  • 3 Institute for Developmental Research, Aichi Human Service Center, Kasugai, Aichi, Japan. , (Japan)
  • 4 Department of Pediatrics, Central Hospital, Aichi Human Service Center, Kasugai, Aichi, Japan. , (Japan)
Type
Published Article
Journal
Journal of intellectual disability research : JIDR
Publication Date
Oct 01, 2016
Volume
60
Issue
10
Pages
969–981
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1111/jir.12318
PMID: 27476718
Source
Medline
Keywords
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Abstract

Although individuals with WS exhibited atypical gaze behaviour towards upright faces in our previous study, this unusual behaviour disappears if the faces are upside down. These findings suggest that local feature information alone (e.g. eyes) does not contribute to the heightened attention to faces, but configural information appears necessary for drawing attention to faces in individuals with WS, at least in the current experimental paradigm.

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