Title: No differences in emotion recognition in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Evidence from hybrid faces
Authors: Evers, Kris * ×
Kerkhof, Inneke *
Steyaert, Jean
Noens, Ilse
Wagemans, Johan #
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: Hindawi Publishing Corporation
Series Title: Autism Research and Treatment vol:2014 pages:1-8
Abstract: Emotion recognition problems are frequently reported in individuals with an autism spectrum disorder (ASD). However, this research area is characterized by inconsistent findings, with atypical emotion processing strategies possibly contributing to existing contradictions. In addition, an attenuated saliency of the eyes region is often demonstrated in ASD during face identity processing. We wanted to compare reliance on mouth versus eyes information in children with and without ASD, using hybrid facial expressions. A group of six-to-eight-year-old boys with ASD and an age- and intelligence-matched typically developing (TD) group without intellectual disability performed an emotion labelling task with hybrid facial expressions. Five static expressions were used: one neutral expression and four emotional expressions, namely, anger, fear, happiness, and sadness. Hybrid faces were created, consisting of an emotional face half (upper or lower face region) with the other face half showing a neutral expression. Results showed no emotion recognition problem in ASD. Moreover, we provided evidence for the existence of top- and bottom-emotions in children: correct identification of expressions mainly depends on information in the eyes (so-called top-emotions: happiness) or in the mouth region (so-called bottom-emotions: sadness, anger, and fear). No stronger reliance on mouth information was found in children with ASD.
ISSN: 2090-1925
VABB publication type: VABB-1
Publication status: published
KU Leuven publication type: IT
Appears in Collections:Laboratory for Experimental Psychology
Quantitative Psychology and Individual Differences
Research Group Psychiatry
Parenting and Special Education
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