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Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 40, Issue 3, pp 371–377 | Cite as

Brief Report: Representational Momentum for Dynamic Facial Expressions in Pervasive Developmental Disorder

  • Shota UonoEmail author
  • Wataru Sato
  • Motomi Toichi
Brief Report

Abstract

Individuals with pervasive developmental disorder (PDD) have difficulty with social communication via emotional facial expressions, but behavioral studies involving static images have reported inconsistent findings about emotion recognition. We investigated whether dynamic presentation of facial expression would enhance subjective perception of expressed emotion in 13 individuals with PDD and 13 typically developing controls. We presented dynamic and static emotional (fearful and happy) expressions. Participants were asked to match a changeable emotional face display with the last presented image. The results showed that both groups perceived the last image of dynamic facial expression to be more emotionally exaggerated than the static facial expression. This finding suggests that individuals with PDD have an intact perceptual mechanism for processing dynamic information in another individual’s face.

Keywords

Asperger’s disorder Dynamic facial expression Pervasive developmental disorder Representational momentum 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of Cognitive Psychology in Education, Faculty of EducationKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan
  2. 2.Department of Comparative Study of Cognitive Development (Funded by Benesse Corporation), Primate Research InstituteKyoto UniversityInuyama, AichiJapan
  3. 3.Faculty of Human Health Science, Graduate School of MedicineKyoto UniversityKyotoJapan

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