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    Reevaluating the selectivity of face-processing difficulties in children and adolescents with autism

    Ewing, Louise and Pellicano, E. and Rhodes, G (2013) Reevaluating the selectivity of face-processing difficulties in children and adolescents with autism. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology 115 (2), pp. 342-355. ISSN 0022-0965.

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    Abstract

    There are few direct examinations of whether face-processing difficulties in autism are disproportionate to difficulties with other complex non-face stimuli. Here we examined discrimination ability and memory for faces, cars, and inverted faces in children and adolescents with and without autism. Results showed that, relative to typical children, the difficulties of children and adolescents with autism were not limited to, or disproportionately severe for, faces. Rather, these participants demonstrated significant difficulties in remembering and discriminating between faces and cars. This lack of face selectivity is inconsistent with prominent theories that attribute face-processing difficulties in autism to fundamental problems with social motivation or social attention. Instead, our results are consistent with a more pervasive perceptual atypicality that may affect autistic processing of non-face stimuli as well as face stimuli.

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    Item Type: Article
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): face processing, autism spectrum conditions, face recognition, face perception, object perception, development
    School: School of Science > Psychological Sciences
    Depositing User: Sarah Hall
    Date Deposited: 12 Jan 2016 14:19
    Last Modified: 11 Oct 2016 15:27
    URI: https://eprints.bbk.ac.uk/id/eprint/13960

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