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

E. Loth, L. Garrido, J. Ahmad, E. Watson, A. Duff, B. Duchaine

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)7
Number of pages1
JournalMolecular Autism
Volume9
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 30 Jan 2018

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