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Facial expression recognition as a candidate marker for autism spectrum disorder: how frequent and severe are deficits?

Facial expression recognition as a candidate marker for autism spectrum disorder: how frequent and severe are deficits?

Loth, E. ORCID: 0000-0001-9458-9167, Garrrido, L., Ahmad, J. ORCID: 0000-0001-5271-0731, Watson, E., Duff, A. and Duchaine, B. (2018) Facial expression recognition as a candidate marker for autism spectrum disorder: how frequent and severe are deficits? Molecular Autism, 9:7. ISSN 2040-2392 (Print), 2040-2392 (Online) (doi:https://doi.org/10.1186/s13229-018-0187-7)

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Abstract

Impairments in social communication are a core feature of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Because the ability to infer other people’s emotions from their facial expressions is critical for many aspects of social communication, deficits in expression recognition are a plausible candidate marker for ASD. However, previous studies on facial expression recognition produced mixed results, which may be due to differences in the sensitivity of the many tests used and/or the heterogeneity among individuals with ASD. To ascertain whether expression recognition may serve as a diagnostic marker (which distinguishes people with ASD from a comparison group) or a stratification marker (which helps to divide ASD into more homogeneous subgroups), a crucial first step is to move beyond identification of mean group differences and to better understand the frequency and severity of impairments.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Autism spectrum disorder, facial expression recognition, Biomarker
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Faculty / Department / Research Group: Faculty of Education & Health
Faculty of Education & Health > Department of Psychology, Social Work & Counselling
Last Modified: 18 Jul 2019 11:08
Selected for GREAT 2016: None
Selected for GREAT 2017: None
Selected for GREAT 2018: None
Selected for GREAT 2019: None
URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/24683

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