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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 2/2016

06-10-2015 | Original Paper

Emotion Perception or Social Cognitive Complexity: What Drives Face Processing Deficits in Autism Spectrum Disorder?

Auteurs: Jennifer A. Walsh, Sarah E. Creighton, M. D. Rutherford

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | Uitgave 2/2016

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Abstract

Some, but not all, relevant studies have revealed face processing deficits among those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In particular, deficits are revealed in face processing tasks that involve emotion perception. The current study examined whether either deficits in processing emotional expression or deficits in processing social cognitive complexity drive face processing deficits in ASD. We tested adults with and without ASD on a battery of face processing tasks that varied with respect to emotional expression processing and social cognitive complexity. Results revealed significant group differences on tasks involving emotional expression processing, but typical performance on a non-emotional but socially complex task. These results support an emotion processing rather than a social complexity explanation for face processing deficits in ASD.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Emotion Perception or Social Cognitive Complexity: What Drives Face Processing Deficits in Autism Spectrum Disorder?
Auteurs
Jennifer A. Walsh
Sarah E. Creighton
M. D. Rutherford
Publicatiedatum
06-10-2015
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders / Uitgave 2/2016
Print ISSN: 0162-3257
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3432
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-015-2606-3