ERIC Number: EJ804214
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Aug
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Facial Feedback Mechanisms in Autistic Spectrum Disorders
Stel, Marielle; van den Heuvel, Claudia; Smeets, Raymond C.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v38 n7 p1250-1258 Aug 2008
Facial feedback mechanisms of adolescents with Autistic Spectrum Disorders (ASD) were investigated utilizing three studies. Facial expressions, which became activated via automatic (Studies 1 and 2) or intentional (Study 2) mimicry, or via holding a pen between the teeth (Study 3), influenced corresponding emotions for controls, while individuals with ASD remained emotionally unaffected. Thus, individuals with ASD do not experience feedback from activated facial expressions as controls do. This facial feedback-impairment enhances our understanding of the social and emotional lives of individuals with ASD.
Descriptors: Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Adolescents, Nonverbal Communication, Psychological Patterns, Feedback (Response)
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