Dr. Jones received his doctorate in biomedical sciences from Yale University. From 2000 to 2003, he worked at the Yale Child Study Center with Ami Klin, Ph.D. During his time at Yale, Dr. Jones used eye-tracking technology to map visual salience young children children with autism, as they view movies of social interaction.
In a lab setting, Jones uses concealed cameras that zoom in on children's eyes and monitor the movement of their pupils to determine exactly what they are viewing on the TV screen. In 2006, Dr. Jones was awarded the American Psychological Foundation Elizabeth Munsterberg Koppitz Award for his work with eye-tracking technology.
Currently Dr. Jones is adapting this technology to be used in pediatricians' offices throughout Georgia, with the hopes of screen children earlier than previously thought possible.
Shultz S., Klin A., Jones W. Inhibition of eye blinking reveals subjective perceptions of stimulus salience.Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 2011.
Jones W., Klin A. Heterogeneity and homogeneity across the autism spectrum: the role of development.J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry, 2009 48(5):471-3.
Klin A., Lin D.J., Gorrindo P., Ramsay G., Jones W. Two-year-olds with autism orient to non-social contingencies rather than biological motion. Nature, 2009: 459(7244):257-61.
Jones, W., Carr, K., Klin, A. Absence of preferential looking to the eyes of approaching adults predicts level of social disability in 2-year-olds with autism. Archives of General Psychiatry, 2008: 65(8): 946-54.
Klin A., Jones W. Altered face scanning and impaired recognition of biological motion in a 15-month-old infant with autism. Developmental Science, 2008: 1, 40-46.
Klin A., Jones W. Attributing social and physical meaning to ambiguous visual displays in individuals with higher functioning autism spectrum disorders. Brain & Cognition, 2006: 61, 40-53.
Klin A., Jones W., Schultz RT. The enactive mind—from actions to cognition: lessons from autism.Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society of London, Series B: Biological Sciences, 2003: 358: 345-360. [Reprinted in U. Frith & E. L. Hill (Eds.), Autism: Mind and Brain, 127-159. Oxford: Oxford University Press.]
Klin A., Jones W., Schultz R.T., Volkmar F.R., Cohen D.J. Visual fixation patterns during viewing of naturalistic social situations as predictors of social competence in individuals with autism. Archives of General Psychiatry,2002: 59: 809-816.
Klin A., Jones W., Schultz R.T., Volkmar F.R., Cohen D.J. Defining and quantifying the social phenotype in autism. American Journal of Psychiatry,2002: 159(6): 895-908.
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