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Coloured Filters Enhance the Visual Perception of Social Cues in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders

Wilkins, Arnold and Ludlow, Amanda K and Taylor-Whiffen, Elaine (2012) 'Coloured Filters Enhance the Visual Perception of Social Cues in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.' ISRN Neurology, 2012. pp. 1-6. ISSN 2090-5505

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Abstract

Coloured filters have been found to reduce visual distortion of text in children with autism spectrum disorders (ASD). We investigated the effect of the overlays on the “mind in the eye” task in children with ASD and controls matched for age, gender, and nonverbal IQ. Children were shown photographs of the periocular region of various faces and were asked to judge which emotion was being expressed in the eyes. In children with ASD, the perception of the emotion was significantly improved when the photograph was covered by a coloured overlay. The improvement was significantly greater than in the controls, who showed no significant effect of the overlay. A perceptual impairment may contribute to the social difficulties shown in ASD.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Cues; Perception; Visual Perception; Autistic Disorder; Child
Subjects: B Philosophy. Psychology. Religion > BF Psychology
Divisions: Faculty of Science and Health > Psychology, Department of
Depositing User: Clare Chatfield
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2012 09:41
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2012 09:41
URI: http://repository.essex.ac.uk/id/eprint/3838

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