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Psychophysiological mechanisms of emotion expression  

Individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) often have difficulty perceiving emotional cues such as facial expression, tone of voice, or body posture, which contributes to impairments in social skills. Previous research has shown that while typically developing individuals automatically mimic facial expressions when viewing pictures of emotional facial expressions, individuals with ASD tend not to respond in this way. The present study will examine automatic facial mimicry in 20 individuals with ASD in response to both visual and audio emotional cues. Rather than still photos, more realistic audio-video cues will be used. Facial movement and expression in response to cues will be measured using sensors attached to the face. Researchers will determine whether deficits in automatic facial mimicry in correlate with emotion perception and social engagement. Project Status


Funder Autism Speaks
Fiscal Year Funding $59,668.00
Current Award Period 2008-2010
Project Number 2731
Principal Investigator Robins, Diana
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 2: How Can I Understand What Is Happening? (Biology)
Subcategory Cognitive Studies
Strategic Plan Objective 2O. Not specific to Question 2 objectives
Federal or Private? Private
Institution Georgia State University
State/Country Georgia
Web Link 1 Psychophysiological mechanisms of emotion expression (External web link)
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History/Related Projects Psychophysiological mechanisms of emotion expression | $0.00 | 2009 | 2731