Using time perception to explore implicit sensitivity to emotional stimuli in autism spectrum disorder

Jones, C.R.G., Lambrechts, A. & Gaigg, S. B. (2017). Using time perception to explore implicit sensitivity to emotional stimuli in autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders,

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Abstract

Establishing whether implicit responses to emotional cues are intact in autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is fundamental to ascertaining why their emotional understanding is compromised. We used a temporal bisection task to assess for responsiveness to face and wildlife images that varied in emotional salience. There were no significant differences between an adult ASD and comparison group, with both showing implicit overestimation of emotional stimuli. Further, there was no correlation between overestimation of emotional stimuli and autistic traits in undergraduate students. These data do not suggest a fundamental insensitivity to the arousing content of emotional images in ASD, or in individuals with a high degree of autistic traits. The findings have implications for understanding how emotional stimuli are processed in ASD.

Item Type: Article
Additional Information: The final publication will be available upon publication at Springer at: http://link.springer.com/journal/10803.
Uncontrolled Keywords: autism, emotion, face processing, temporal bisection, time perception, arousal
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: School of Social Sciences > Department of Psychology
URI: http://openaccess.city.ac.uk/id/eprint/17176

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