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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 12/2020

07-04-2020 | Original Paper

Virtual Reality Immersion Rescales Regulation of Interpersonal Distance in Controls but not in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Auteurs: Marco Simões, Susana Mouga, Andreia C. Pereira, Paulo de Carvalho, Guiomar Oliveira, Miguel Castelo-Branco

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | Uitgave 12/2020

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Abstract

Interpersonal distance (IPD) is a simple social regulation metric which is altered in autism. We performed a stop-distance paradigm to evaluate IPD regulation in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and control groups in a real versus a virtual environment mimicking in detail the real one. We found a bimodal pattern of IPDs only in ASD. Both groups showed high IPD correlations between real and virtual environments, but the significantly larger slope in the control group suggests rescaling, which was absent in ASD. We argue that loss of nuances like non-verbal communication, such as perception of subtle body gestures in the virtual environment, lead to changed regulation of IPD in controls, whilst ASD participants show similar deficits in perceiving such subtle cues in both environments.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Virtual Reality Immersion Rescales Regulation of Interpersonal Distance in Controls but not in Autism Spectrum Disorder
Auteurs
Marco Simões
Susana Mouga
Andreia C. Pereira
Paulo de Carvalho
Guiomar Oliveira
Miguel Castelo-Branco
Publicatiedatum
07-04-2020
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders / Uitgave 12/2020
Print ISSN: 0162-3257
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3432
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-020-04484-6

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