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Attention to facial emotion expressions in children with autism.
MedLine Citation:
PMID:  16522709     Owner:  NLM     Status:  MEDLINE    
High-functioning children in the autism spectrum are frequently noted for their impaired attention to facial expressions of emotions. In this study, we examined whether attention to emotion cues in others could be enhanced in children with autism, by varying the relevance of children's attention to emotion expressions. Twenty-eight high-functioning boys with autism and 31 boys from a control group were asked to sort photos depicting smiling or frowning faces of adults. As found in earlier studies, in neutral conditions children with autism were less attentive to emotion expressions than children from a control group. This difference disappeared when children were explicitly asked to make a socially relevant decision. These findings suggest that the attention of children with autism to emotion expressions in others is influenced by situational factors. Theoretical implications of these findings are discussed.
Sander Begeer; Carolien Rieffe; Mark Meerum Terwogt; Lex Stockmann
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Publication Detail:
Type:  Journal Article; Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't    
Journal Detail:
Title:  Autism : the international journal of research and practice     Volume:  10     ISSN:  1362-3613     ISO Abbreviation:  Autism     Publication Date:  2006 Jan 
Date Detail:
Created Date:  2006-03-08     Completed Date:  2006-05-30     Revised Date:  2006-11-15    
Medline Journal Info:
Nlm Unique ID:  9713494     Medline TA:  Autism     Country:  England    
Other Details:
Languages:  eng     Pagination:  37-51     Citation Subset:  IM    
PI-Research, Duivendrecht, The Netherlands.
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MeSH Terms
Autistic Disorder / complications*
Facial Expression*
Perceptual Disorders / diagnosis*,  epidemiology,  etiology*
Visual Perception

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