Challenging Common Assumptions About Autism (video) University of California - Santa Cruz Share Print E-Mail Loading video... Caption The authors of a provocative new paper maintain that many of the behaviors common to autism -- including low eye contact, repetitive movements, and the verbatim repetition of words and phrases -- are misinterpreted as a lack of interest in social engagement. On the contrary, they say, many people with autism express a deep longing for social connection. Credit Nick Gonzales Usage Restrictions For use only with news coverage of this research. Share Print E-Mail Disclaimer: AAAS and EurekAlert! are not responsible for the accuracy of news releases posted to EurekAlert! by contributing institutions or for the use of any information through the EurekAlert system.