Autism and Emotional Challenge
The research enrolled 40 individuals of age group 13-15 years from Year teams 9 and 10. 20 youngsters had been recruited from a specialist faculty for youngsters with autism within the UK and the remaining 20 fashioned the management group from two native colleges.
The individuals had been proven initially with static feelings in images (concern, anger, happiness, unhappiness, disgust, and shock) adopted by permitting them to observe six brief movies with facial expressions that matched the scene’s context and people who masked their earlier expression.
Although each teams of kids had been equally proficient at figuring out the right emotion in static photos and preliminary show within the movies, the youngsters with autism had been unable to appropriately establish the masked feelings like a compelled smile.
“Our findings suggest that children with autism may misjudge the feelings of others due to an over-reliance on facial cues to the detriment of contextual cues, rather than an inability to recognise facial emotion. In fact, we found that children with autism are just as capable as their typically developing peers at recognising static images of facial emotion. However, in everyday life facial expressions are not presented in a vacuum. People commonly attempt to hide their feelings, and therefore accurate recognition of emotion involves processing both facial expressions and contextual cues. We believe this is because these children have difficulties integrating the narrative with the facial expressions, and instead their judgments are guided only by the visible emotion on display. In part, this may be due to the higher cognitive demand that more complex stimuli, such as context, place on processing capacity,” says Dr Stagg, Senior Lecturer in Psychology at Anglia Ruskin University (ARU).