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Impaired Recognition of Basic Emotions from Facial Expressions in Young People with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Assessing the Importance of Expression Intensity

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Original languageEnglish
Number of pages11
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Early online date31 Mar 2017
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StateE-pub ahead of print - 31 Mar 2017

Abstract

It has been proposed that impairments in emotion recognition in ASD are greater for more subtle expressions of emotion. We measured recognition of 6 basic facial expressions at 8 intensity levels in young people (6-16 years) with ASD (N = 63) and controls (N = 64) via an Internet platform. Participants with ASD were less accurate than controls at labelling expressions across intensity levels, although differences at very low levels were not detected due to floor effects. Recognition accuracy did not correlate with parent-reported social functioning in either group. These findings provide further evidence for an impairment in recognition of basic emotions in ASD and do not support the idea that this impairment is limited solely to low intensity expressions.

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  • emotion recognition, intensity, perception, bias, facial expression, online testing

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