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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 11/2009

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Human Versus Non-Human Face Processing: Evidence from Williams Syndrome

Auteurs: Andreia Santos, Delphine Rosset, Christine Deruelle

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | Uitgave 11/2009

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Abstract

Increased motivation towards social stimuli in Williams syndrome (WS) led us to hypothesize that a face’s human status would have greater impact than face’s orientation on WS’ face processing abilities. Twenty-nine individuals with WS were asked to categorize facial emotion expressions in real, human cartoon and non-human cartoon faces presented upright and inverted. When compared to both chronological and mental age-matched controls, WS participants were able to categorize emotions from human, but not from non-human faces. The use of different perceptual strategies to process human and non-human faces could not explain this dissociation. Rather, the findings suggest an increased sensitivity to socially relevant cues, such as human facial features, possibly related to the hallmark feature of WS—hypersociability.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Human Versus Non-Human Face Processing: Evidence from Williams Syndrome
Auteurs
Andreia Santos
Delphine Rosset
Christine Deruelle
Publicatiedatum
01-11-2009
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders / Uitgave 11/2009
Print ISSN: 0162-3257
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3432
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-009-0789-1

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