ERIC Number: EJ1041183
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2014-Oct
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 48
Training Facial Expression Production in Children on the Autism Spectrum
Gordon, Iris; Pierce, Matthew D.; Bartlett, Marian S.; Tanaka, James W.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v44 n10 p2486-2498 Oct 2014
Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) show deficits in their ability to produce facial expressions. In this study, a group of children with ASD and IQ-matched, typically developing (TD) children were trained to produce "happy" and "angry" expressions with the FaceMaze computer game. FaceMaze uses an automated computer recognition system that analyzes the child's facial expression in real time. Before and after playing the Angry and Happy versions of FaceMaze, children posed "happy" and "angry" expressions. Naïve raters judged the post-FaceMaze "happy" and "angry" expressions of the ASD group as higher in quality than their pre-FaceMaze productions. Moreover, the post-game expressions of the ASD group were rated as equal in quality as the expressions of the TD group.
Descriptors: Children, Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Nonverbal Communication, Comparative Analysis, Emotional Response, Computer Games, Program Effectiveness
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