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Communicative and emotional facial expression production in children with autism  

Individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), even those with seemingly intact language skills, have difficulty with face-to-face social interaction, with one of their most noticeable deficits being the production of atypical and often jarring facial expressions. Although there is a growing literature on the ability of individuals with ASD to process faces and facial expressions, virtually nothing is known about their ability to produce communicative facial expressions. This project will combine subjective coding of facial expression productions in adolescents with ASD with cutting-edge, infrared motion-tracking of facial features to determine which feature movements drive the perception of awkwardness, establishing the first cohesive picture of the communicative facial expression productions of adolescents with ASD. These data will ultimately be used to support the development of new intervention approaches to improve facial communication and thereby social acceptance of individuals with ASD. Project Status


Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $212,250.00
Current Award Period 2010-2012
Project Number 1R21DC010867-01
Principal Investigator Grossman, Ruth
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? Federal
Institution University of Massachusetts Medical School
State/Country Massachusetts
Web Link 1 Communicative and emotional facial expression production in children with autism (External web link)
Web Link 2 No URL available.
Web Link 3 No URL available.
History/Related Projects N/A