Topic: Why make eye contact | Robert A. Lavine Ph.D. | Psychology Today | Article
Studies of people with autism gives clues about the biology of empathy.
Just the briefest eye contact can heighten empathetic feelings, giving people a sense of being drawn together. But patients who suffer from autism, even in its most high-functioning forms, often have trouble making this sort of a social connection with other people. Researchers are delving into what’s going on behind the eyes when these moments occur, and the hormones and neural substrates involved may offer hope of helping people with autism in the future. Here are some examples.