Body reading by people with autism

One of the popular explanations put forward for the basis of autism is a lack of theory of mind. A recent study (Peterson et al., 2015) suggests that people with autism may actually be quite ‘normal’ in terms of understanding the emotions of other people because they show quite reasonable abilities to understand body language. Their difficulties with ‘mind-reading’ may be an artefact of research that uses facial expressions. People with autism avoid eye contact and this may explain their apparent inability to decode facial expressions.

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