Learning new faces in typically developing children and children on the autistic spectrum

C. Ellie Wilson, Romina Palermo, Jon Brock, A. Mike Burton

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    Abstract

    As faces become familiar, recognition becomes easier but the style of processing also changes. Here, twenty-one typically developing (TD) children and twenty-one children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) were familiarised with 6 identities over 3 days. Next, they completed a 4-alternative forced-choice matching test in which targets were the 6 familiarised faces and 6 unfamiliar faces. The TD group showed a significant advantage for familiarised faces when matching whole faces and both internal and external facial regions. The ASD group showed similar familiarisation effects for whole and external faces, but not for internal regions. The ASD group was also impaired at matching eyes and mouths of familiarised faces. Results suggest the process of acquiring familiarity with faces differs from ASD and TD children.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)1645-1658
    Number of pages14
    JournalPerception
    Volume39
    Issue number12
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 2010

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