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ERIC Number: EJ1038307
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Jul
Pages: 7
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 22
ISSN: ISSN-0162-3257
Brief Report: Impression Formation in High-Functioning Autism--Role of Nonverbal Behavior and Stereotype Activating Information
Schwartz, Caroline; Dratsch, Thomas; Vogeley, Kai; Bente, Gary
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v44 n7 p1759-1765 Jul 2014
Little is known about whether stereotypes influence social judgments of autistic individuals, in particular when they compete with tacit face-to-face cues. We compared impression formation of 17 subjects with high-functioning autism (HFA) and 17 age-, gender- and IQ-matched controls. Information about the profession of a job applicant served as stereotype activating information. The target person's nonverbal behavior was presented as a computer animation showing two virtual characters in interaction. Contrary to our hypothesis, HFA participants were as sensitive to nonverbal cues as controls. Moreover, HFA showed a tendency to evaluate persons more positively. This might indicate a routine HFA apply in impression formation in order to compensate for their deficit in intuitive understanding of nonverbal communication cues.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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