Lack of Eye contact 5-10
Based on the Science Daily 12-25-96 Autism Article on LACK OF EYE contact in Autism.
Quoted and Commented upon paragraph by paragraph on the blog of Rich Shull. Author Autism Pre Rain Man Autism.
Science Daily — MADISON ----- Fifth Paragraph of Article
Notably, the UW-Madison study overturns the existing notion that autistic children struggle to process faces because of a malfunction in the fusiform area. Rather, in autistic children the fusiform "is fundamentally normal" and shows only stunted activity because over-aroused amygdalas make autistic children want to look away, says senior author Richard Davidson, a UW-Madison psychiatry and psychology professor who has earned international recognition for his work on the neural underpinnings of emotion.
From Rich Shull
We are sorry we look away,,, but, our eyes are off for a start thus they are not even able to see you like you think they do. Just because our eyes are open doesn't mean they are connected too our optic nerve. Perhaps Autistics have a different connection between the optic nerve and the brain? This is a good place to NOTE while our Optic vision is OFF weather it is for a millisecond or a few seconds our other senses go into HIGH gear. Our KEEN senses take over to keep us safe. Many times those in our Anthropology have been picture thinking and our OPTIC vision has been off and the SLIGHEST Wisp of something normal people would need a decibel meter to hear alerts us to the real world we don't see and warns us to go back to OPTIC vision. The keen senses of autism that saved our lives are just another layer to the autism puzzle of today. Blind people hear like we do, they hear the stuff you don't. In effect we are often DEAF and BLIND during our autism thoughts. Who ever would have thought that? Once we learn how to deal without thoughts and keep optic vision on all the time we can even drive!
At one time this was kind of common knowledge in Autism circles and only upon the elevation of Autism to buzzword status has it been ignored or forgotten. The old Autism researches that knew us the best, are mostly gone now. I had met several old researchers in my time that were kicked out of autism as it gained it starward status. They were told to get with the new program or leave, many were too close to retirement not to fit in.
Rich Shull,,,, Http://prerainmanautism.blogspot.com The "best autism book ever" ALAN TURING: The Enigma By Andrew Hodges Simon and Schuster New York. Copyright 1983 Related Item PBS-BBC show entitled Breaking the Code by Hugh Whitmore, based on The Enigma