Saccade dysmetria indicates attenuated visual exploration in autism spectrum disorder

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Dr. Nico Bast in a video abstract of his JCPP paper ‘Saccade dysmetria indicates attenuated visual exploration in autism spectrum disorder’

Authors: Nico Bast, Luke Mason, Christine M. Freitag, Tim Smith, Ana Maria Portugal, Luise Poustka, Tobias Banaschewski, Mark Johnson, The EU‐AIMS LEAP Group

First published: 25 May 2020

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Dr. Nico Bast
Dr. Nico Bast

Nico Bast is a post-doc researcher at the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the Goethe University Frankfurt. He is also associated with EU-AIMS as the largest autism research project in Europe. His research applies eye-tracking in neurodevelopmental disorders. He recently gained interest in pupillometry and ocuolomotor behavior as indicators of subcortical neuromodulatory networks.

Visual exploration in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is characterized by attenuated social attention. The underlying oculomotor function during visual exploration is understudied, whereas oculomotor function during restricted viewing suggested saccade dysmetria in ASD by altered pontocerebellar motor modulation.

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