An eye test for newborn babies that detects autism

by Roberta Garofalo - 2016.05.30
An eye test for newborn babies that detects autism
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A newborn baby's sight could reveal important information about the child's future health, because now a simple eye test can diagnose the risk of the child developing autism as they grow up. This was the finding of research on newborns aged between six and 10 days old, coordinated by Giorgio Vallortigara, of the University of Trento, with the Universities of Padua, Exeter in the UK and the Institute of Health in Rome. The test shows whether the baby's eyes are attracted by social stimuli such as the sight of a face or a hand movement. By comparing babies at a high-risk of autism with those at low risk, it emerged that the former don't follow 'animated objects' with their eyes, while the latter are able to look at visual stimuli for longer.

Published in Autism, Mental disability.
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