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Rutgers Researcher Examines Connections Between Vision and Movement
October 8, 2008
In research designed to assist U.S. Department of Homeland Security and provide insight into how autistic individuals perceive others, Maggie Shiffrar of Rutgers University is examining how our visual system helps interpret the intent conveyed in subtle body movements. While most autism research has focused on difficulties in face perception, Shiffrar is one of the first to examine autism as it relates to connections between visual analysis, body movement and our ability to interact.
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