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Automated measurement of facial expression in autism: Deficits in facial nerve function?  

Autism is a developmental disorder involving qualitative impairments in social interaction. One source of those impairments is difficulty creating facial expressions of emotion. This project will utilize automated facial analysis software to compare how, when, and to what extent 20 four- to six year-old children with autistic spectrum disorders (ASD), 20 children with developmental disabilities, and 20 typically-developing children produce facial expressions. Children will be observed playing social games with a tester and in a non-interactive context watching video clips and playing simple video games. These methods will provide insight in to the nature and possible source of the facial expressivity deficits expected in children with autism. If deficits are evident in an interaction setting but not when playing with video games, this would suggest deficits are related to an emotional motivation to engage. If deficits are apparent in both settings or are evenly distributed between positive, negative, and neutral expressive periods, this would suggest deficits are due to a physiological deficit. Project Status
ONGOING

2009

Funder Autism Speaks
Fiscal Year Funding $127,500.00
Project Number 1876
Principal Investigator Messinger, Daniel
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 1: When Should I Be Concerned? (Diagnosis)
Strategic Plan Objective Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 1LB. Develop at least five measures of behavioral and/or biological heterogeneity in children or adults with ASD, beyond variation in intellectual disability, that clearly relate to etiology and risk, treatment response and/or outcome by 2015. IACC Recommended Budget: $71,100,000 over 5 years.
Federal or Private? Private
Institution University of Miami
State/Country Florida
Web Link 1 Automated measurement of facial expression in autism: Deficits in facial nerve function? (External web link)
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