Attention to faces in social context in children with neurofibromatosis type 1
Amelia K Lewis, Melanie A Porter, Tracey A Williams, Samantha Bzishvili, Kathryn N North, Jonathan M Payne
DEVELOPMENTAL MEDICINE AND CHILD NEUROLOGY | WILEY | Published : 2019
AIM: To examine visual attention to faces within social scenes in children with neurofibromatosis type 1 (NF1) and typically developing peers. METHOD: Using eye-tracking technology we investigated the time taken to fixate on a face and the percentage of time spent attending to faces relative to the rest of the screen within social scenes in 24 children with NF1 (17 females, seven males; mean age 10y 4mo [SD 1y 9mo]). Results were compared with those of 24 age-matched typically developing controls (11 females, 13 males; mean age 10y 3mo [SD 2y]). RESULTS: There was no significant between-group differences in time taken to initially fixate on a face (p=0.617); however, children with NF1 spent ..View full abstract
The authors gratefully acknowledge Naomi Sweller for her statistical expertise. This work was partially supported by a Murdoch Children's Research Institute fellowship awarded to JMP. The authors have stated that they had no interests that might be perceived as posing a conflict or bias.