ERIC Number: EJ1093179
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016-Apr
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Age-Related Differences in Response to Music-Evoked Emotion among Children and Adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorders
Stephenson, K. G.; Quintin, E. M.; South, M.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v46 n4 p1142-1151 Apr 2016
While research regarding emotion recognition in ASD has focused primarily on social cues, musical stimuli also elicit strong emotional responses. This study extends and expands the few previous studies of response to music in ASD, measuring both psychophysiological and behavioral responses in younger children (ages 8-11) as well as older adolescents (ages 16-18). Compared to controls, the ASD group demonstrated reduced skin conductance response to music-evoked emotion. Younger groups, regardless of diagnosis, showed greater physiological reactivity to scary stimuli than to other emotions. There was a significant interaction of age group and diagnostic group in identifying scary music stimuli, possibly evidencing disrupted developmental trajectories in ASD for integrating physiological and cognitive cues that may underlie symptoms of anxiety.
Descriptors: Autism, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Children, Adolescents, Age Differences, Music, Emotional Response, Anxiety, Child Development
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