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Gaze laterality bias for faces in Williams Syndrome

Wilson, Rachel, Riby, Debbie, Goshawk, Michelle, Burt, Mike and Back, Elisa (2014) Gaze laterality bias for faces in Williams Syndrome. In: British Psychological Society Developmental Section Conference; 03 - 05 Sep 2014, Amsterdam, The Netherlands. (Unpublished)

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Although faces are more or less symmetrical, we frequently show a left gaze bias (LGB) to faces implicating right hemisphere processing and a Right Hemisphere Dominance model for face/emotion processing. Interestingly, individuals with Autism, whose behaviour is characterised by social withdrawal, have previously been reported to show a lack of right hemisphere face dominance. We report data from eye tracking studies exploring face gaze bias in the developmental disorder Williams syndrome (WS). Preliminary gaze analyses indicate that WS individuals show an atypically extreme LGB when evaluating emotional expressions. This is particularly interesting given the hypersociable and emotionally sensitive profile associated with the disorder and the implications of these data will be discussed.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Poster)
Event Title: British Psychological Society Developmental Section Conference
Organising Body: British Psychological Society Developmental Section
Research Area: Psychology
Faculty, School or Research Centre: Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences > School of Psychology, Criminology and Sociology (from November 2012)
Depositing User: Katrina Clifford
Date Deposited: 24 Aug 2017 15:15
Last Modified: 24 Aug 2017 15:15

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