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ERIC Number: EJ810181
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2008-Oct
Pages: 15
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-1750-9467
Reading Faces for Information about Words and Emotions in Adolescents with Autism
Grossman, Ruth B.; Tager-Flusberg, Helen
Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, v2 n4 p681-695 Oct 2008
Studies of explicit processing of facial expressions by individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have found a variety of deficits and preserved abilities compared to their typically developing (TD) peers. However, little attention has been paid to their implicit processing abilities for emotional facial expressions. The question has also been raised whether preferential attention to the mouth region of a speaker's face by ASD individuals has resulted in a relative lipreading expertise. We present data on implicit processing of pseudo-dynamic facial emotions and visual speech in adolescents with autism. We compared 25 ASD and 25 TD participants on their ability to recreate the sequences of four dynamic emotional facial expressions (happy, sad, disgust, and fear) as well as four spoken words (with, bath, thumb, and watch) using six still images taken from a video sequence. Typical adolescents were significantly better at recreating the dynamic properties of emotional expressions than those of facial speech, while the autism group showed the reverse accuracy pattern. For Experiment 2 we obscured the eye region of the stimuli and found no significant difference between the 22 adolescents with ASD and 22 TD controls. Fearful faces achieved the highest accuracy results among the emotions in both groups. (Contains 4 tables and 4 figures.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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