Increased facial asymmetry in autism spectrum conditions is associated with symptom presentation

Abstract
This study looked at the amount of facial asymmetry (FA) in autistic children compared to typically developing children and children who have siblings with autism. The study found that autistic children, compared to the other two groups, had greater FA, and that increased FA was related to greater severity of autistic symptoms. The face and brain grow together during the earliest stages of development, and so findings of facial differences in autism might inform future studies of early brain differences associated with the condition.
Citation
Boutrus, M., Gilani, S., Alvares, G.A., Maybery, M.T., Tan, D.W., Mian, A. & Whitehouse, A.J.O. (2019). Increased facial asymmetry in autism spectrum conditions is associated with symptom presentation. Autism Research, early online. doi: 10.1002/aur.2161

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