Recognition of biological motion in children with autistic spectrum disorders
Parron, Carole, Da Fonseca, David, Santos, Andreia, Moore, D., Monfardini, Elisa and Deruelle, Christine 2008. Recognition of biological motion in children with autistic spectrum disorders. Autism. 12 (3), pp. 261-274.
|Authors||Parron, Carole, Da Fonseca, David, Santos, Andreia, Moore, D., Monfardini, Elisa and Deruelle, Christine|
It is widely accepted that children with autism experience difficulties in processing and recognizing emotions. Most of the studies that lead to this conclusion have explored the perception of faces. However, facial expressions are far from being the only source of emotional information. Context and bodily gestures are also sources from which we derive emotional meanings. Our study was aimed at exploring further abilities to extract emotional information from bodily movements in children with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD). We tested 23 high functioning children with autism and 23 corresponding typically developing children on a task exploring their abilities to recognize point-light displays of a person’s actions, subjective states and emotions. Also in a control task children had to recognize point-light displays of everyday objects. The children with autism only differed from the comparison participants in their abilities to name the emotional point-light displays. This suggests that children with autism can extract some complex meanings from bodily movements but that they may be less sensitive to higher-order emotional information conveyed by human movement. The results are discussed in the context of a specific deficit in emotion perception in children with autism.
|Keywords||autistic children; emotion recognition; biological motion; emotion recognition; configural processing; autism spectrum disorder.|
|Journal citation||12 (3), pp. 261-274|
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|Web address (URL)||http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/1362361307089520|
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|Deposited||30 Jun 2010|
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