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Abnormal use of facial information in high-functioning autism.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  17006775     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
Altered visual exploration of faces likely contributes to social cognition deficits seen in autism. To investigate the relationship between face gaze and social cognition in autism, we measured both face gaze and how facial regions were actually used during emotion judgments from faces. Compared to IQ-matched healthy controls, nine high-functioning adults with autism failed to make use of information from the eye region of faces, instead relying primarily on information from the mouth. Face gaze accounted for the increased reliance on the mouth, and partially accounted for the deficit in using information from the eyes. These findings provide a novel quantitative assessment of how people with autism utilize information in faces when making social judgments.
Michael L Spezio; Ralph Adolphs; Robert S E Hurley; Joseph Piven
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Journal of autism and developmental disorders     Volume:  37     ISSN:  0162-3257     ISO Abbreviation:  J Autism Dev Disord     Publication Date:  2007 May 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2007-05-18     Completed Date:  2007-08-28     Revised Date:  -    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  7904301     Medline TA:  J Autism Dev Disord     Country:  United States    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  929-39     Citation Subset:  IM    
Division of Humanities and Social Sciences, 228-77, California Institute of Technology, Caltech, Pasadena, CA 91125, USA.
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MeSH Terms
Autistic Disorder / diagnosis,  epidemiology*
Cognition Disorders / diagnosis,  epidemiology*
Facial Expression*
Psychomotor Performance / physiology
Severity of Illness Index
Space Perception
Visual Perception*
Wechsler Scales

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