Emotion recognition of static and dynamic faces in autism spectrum disorder

Enticott, Peter G., Kennedy, Hayley A., Johnston, Patrick J., Rinehart, Nicole J., Tonge, Bruce J., Taffe, John R., & Fitzgerald, Paul B. (2014) Emotion recognition of static and dynamic faces in autism spectrum disorder. Cognition and Emotion, 28(6), pp. 1110-1118.

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There is substantial evidence for facial emotion recognition (FER) deficits in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). The extent of this impairment, however, remains unclear, and there is some suggestion that clinical groups might benefit from the use of dynamic rather than static images. High-functioning individuals with ASD (n = 36) and typically developing controls (n = 36) completed a computerised FER task involving static and dynamic expressions of the six basic emotions. The ASD group showed poorer overall performance in identifying anger and disgust and were disadvantaged by dynamic (relative to static) stimuli when presented with sad expressions. Among both groups, however, dynamic stimuli appeared to improve recognition of anger. This research provides further evidence of specific impairment in the recognition of negative emotions in ASD, but argues against any broad advantages associated with the use of dynamic displays.

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ID Code: 76825
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: Autism, Asperger's disorder, Facial emotion recognition, Dynamic faces
DOI: 10.1080/02699931.2013.867832
ISSN: 1464-0600
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES (170000) > PSYCHOLOGY (170100) > Sensory Processes Perception and Performance (170112)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Psychology & Counselling
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2014 Taylor & Francis Group
Deposited On: 05 Nov 2014 22:47
Last Modified: 06 Nov 2014 02:10

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