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Judging the intensity of emotional expression in faces: the effects of colored tints on individuals with autism spectrum disorder

Whitaker, Lydia, Jones, Catherine R. G., Wilkins, Arnold J. and Roberson, Debi 2016. Judging the intensity of emotional expression in faces: the effects of colored tints on individuals with autism spectrum disorder. Autism Research 9 (4) , pp. 450-459. 10.1002/aur.1506

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Abstract

Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) often show atypical processing of facial expressions, which may result from visual stress. In the current study, children with ASD and matched controls judged which member of a pair of faces displayed the more intense emotion. Both faces showed anger, disgust, fear, happiness, sadness or surprise but to different degrees. Faces were presented on a monitor that was tinted either gray or with a color previously selected by the participant individually as improving the clarity of text. Judgments of emotional intensity improved significantly with the addition of the preferred colored tint in the ASD group but not in controls, a result consistent with a link between visual stress and impairments in processing facial expressions in individuals with ASD.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: Psychology
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
R Medicine > RC Internal medicine > RC0321 Neuroscience. Biological psychiatry. Neuropsychiatry
Uncontrolled Keywords: facial expressions; sensory; autism spectrum disorder; tints; overlays; visual stress
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
ISSN: 1939-3792
Date of Acceptance: 7 May 2015
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:11
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/74025

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