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ERIC Number: EJ947627
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2012
Pages: 11
Abstractor: As Provided
ISSN: ISSN-1750-9467
Emotional Decoding in Facial Expression, Scripts and Videos: A Comparison between Normal, Autistic and Asperger Children
Balconi, Michela; Amenta, Simona; Ferrari, Chiara
Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, v6 n1 p193-203 Jan-Mar 2012
ASD subjects are described as showing particular difficulty in decoding emotional patterns. This paper explored linguistic and conceptual skills in response to emotional stimuli presented as emotional faces, scripts (pictures) and interactive situations (videos). Participants with autism, Asperger syndrome and control participants were shown facial, pictorial and video representation of six basic emotions (happiness, anger, fear, sadness, surprise, disgust). They were asked to identify the emotion and to individuate possible causes of the emotional state. A semantic analysis was applied to verbal reports, focusing on labeling and conceptualization. Log-linear analyses showed different representations across the participants as a function of emotion, pathology and presentation modality. Autistic participants were able to correctly decode primary emotions while showing difficulties with surprise. In contrast, Asperger participants performance was more similar to control subjects'. Finally, when situational correlates were provided, it was evident a "facilitation effect" for the representation of emotions. (Contains 9 figures and 3 tables.)
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Research
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Language: English
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