Children and youth diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have been shown to react
abnormally to social stimuli, especially to human faces. Children and youth with ASD show
less interest in social stimuli, and may even avoid looking at or interact with such stimuli.
It has been proposed that social stimuli elicit reactions like fear and stress in individuals
with ASD, and this explains the lack of interest and avoidance. The present project
investigates this hypothesis.