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Social "difficulties" associated with ASD may be a product of neurotypical-autistic differences in emotion expression and recognition. Research suggests that neurotypical and autistic individuals exhibit expressive differences, with autistic individuals displaying less frequent expressions that are rated lower in quality by non-autistic raters. Autistic individuals have difficulties recognizing neurotypical facial expressions; neurotypical individuals have difficulties recognizing autistic expressions. However, findings are mixed. Task-related factors (e.g., intensity of stimuli) and participant characteristics (e.g., age, IQ, comorbid diagnoses) may contribute to the mixed findings. The authors conclude by highlighting important areas for future research and the clinical implications of the discussed findings.
|Number of pages||15|
|Journal||Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America|
|Early online date||9 Apr 2020|
|Publication status||Published - Jul 2020|
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
The authors have nothing to disclose. This project was supported by the Medical Research Council (MRC, United Kingdom) MR/R015813/1 and the European Union’s Horizon 2020 Research and Innovation Programme under ERC-2017-STG Grant Agreement No 757583 .
© 2020 Elsevier Inc.
- Autism spectrum disorder
- Facial expression
- Emotion recognition
- Emotion expression
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health
- Psychiatry and Mental health
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