Relatives of Those with Autism Show Eye-Movement Deficits - Scientific American Large-scale genetic studies have turned up nuanced and conflicting results about the genetic basis of autism and its myriad symptoms. Other research has discovered that many people with an autistic relative or child might themselves have some subtle behavior variant as well, such as obsessive-compulsive tendencies or communication problems. Eye movement is easier to study neurologically than complex social and behavioral patternsin large part because "we know a lot about what parts of the brain are involved," says Matthew Mosconi, an assistant professor of psychiatry at the U.I.C. and lead author of the new study. And the new findings examine basic deficits unclouded by social tendencies, such as the aversion many people with autism spectrum disorder have to looking at faces.