International Conference on Intelligent Virtual Agents

IVA 2015: Intelligent Virtual Agents pp 432-441

On the Trail of Facial Processing in Autism Spectrum Disorders

  • Diana Arellano
  • Ulrich Max Schaller
  • Reinhold Rauh
  • Volker Helzle
  • Marc Spicker
  • Oliver Deussen
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-21996-7_46

Volume 9238 of the book series Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS)
Cite this paper as:
Arellano D., Schaller U.M., Rauh R., Helzle V., Spicker M., Deussen O. (2015) On the Trail of Facial Processing in Autism Spectrum Disorders. In: Brinkman WP., Broekens J., Heylen D. (eds) Intelligent Virtual Agents. IVA 2015. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 9238. Springer, Cham

Abstract

To investigate the difficulties in communication, socialization abilities, and emotion perception deficits in individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), we propose the project SARA. Its main goal is to assess how abstracted emotional facial expressions influence the categorization of the emotions by children and adolescents with high-functioning ASD. This paper focuses on the first pilot study where an adapted version of the Dynamic Emotional Categorization Test (DECT) was implemented. The results support the validity of the emotional facial animations, which is confirmed by the low performance of subjects with high-functioning ASD when categorizing emotions, in comparison with their peers without ASD.

Keywords

Autism spectrum disorders Real-time NPR Abstraction 3D characters Dynamic facial animations 

Copyright information

© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Diana Arellano
    • 1
  • Ulrich Max Schaller
    • 2
  • Reinhold Rauh
    • 2
  • Volker Helzle
    • 1
  • Marc Spicker
    • 3
  • Oliver Deussen
    • 3
  1. 1.Filmakademie Baden-WürttembergLudwigsburgGermany
  2. 2.University Medical Center FreiburgFreiburg Im BreisgauGermany
  3. 3.University of KonstanzKonstanzGermany