Atypical Visual Processing but Comparable Levels of Emotion Recognition in Adults with Autism During the Processing of Social Scenes
Published December 2019
AbstractUnderstanding the underlying visual scanning patterns of individuals diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) during the processing of complex emotional scenes remains limited. This study compared the complex emotion recognition performance of autistic adults (n = 23) and matched non-autistic participants (n = 25) using the Reading the Mind in Films Task. Behaviourally, both groups exhibited similar emotion recognition accuracy. Visual fixation time towards key social regions of each stimuli was examined via eye tracking. Autistic individuals demonstrated significantly longer fixation time towards the non-social areas. No group differences were evident for the facial and body regions of all characters in the social scenes. The findings provide evidence of the heterogeneity associated with complex emotion processing in individuals on the autism spectrum.
CitationTang, J. S., Chen, N. T., Falkmer, M., Bӧlte, S., & Girdler, S. (2019). Atypical Visual Processing but Comparable Levels of Emotion Recognition in Adults with Autism During the Processing of Social Scenes. Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 1-10.
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