ERIC Number: EJ925308
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2011-Jun
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Face Processing in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Independent or Interactive Processing of Facial Identity and Facial Expression?
Krebs, Julia F.; Biswas, Ajanta; Pascalis, Olivier; Kamp-Becker, Inge; Remschmidt, Helmuth; Schwarzer, Gudrun
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, v41 n6 p796-804 Jun 2011
The current study investigated if deficits in processing emotional expression affect facial identity processing and vice versa in children with autism spectrum disorder. Children with autism and IQ and age matched typically developing children classified faces either by emotional expression, thereby ignoring facial identity or by facial identity disregarding emotional expression. Typically developing children processed facial identity independently from facial expressions but processed facial expressions in interaction with identity. Children with autism processed both facial expression and identity independently of each other. They selectively directed their attention to one facial parameter despite variations in the other. Results indicate that there is no interaction in processing facial identity and emotional expression in autism spectrum disorder.
Descriptors: Nonverbal Communication, Autism, Interaction, Cognitive Processes, Emotional Response, Pervasive Developmental Disorders, Comparative Analysis, Classification, Identification
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