Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

, Volume 46, Issue 9, pp 3068–3077 | Cite as

Late Positive Potential ERP Responses to Social and Nonsocial Stimuli in Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder

  • Stephen D. Benning
  • Megan Kovac
  • Alana Campbell
  • Stephanie Miller
  • Eleanor K. Hanna
  • Cara R. Damiano
  • Antoinette Sabatino-DiCriscio
  • Lauren Turner-Brown
  • Noah J. Sasson
  • Rachel V. Aaron
  • Jessica Kinard
  • Gabriel S. Dichter
Original Paper

Abstract

We examined the late positive potential (LPP) event related potential in response to social and nonsocial stimuli from youths 9 to 19 years old with (n = 35) and without (n = 34) ASD. Social stimuli were faces with positive expressions and nonsocial stimuli were related to common restricted interests in ASD (e.g., electronics, vehicles, etc.). The ASD group demonstrated relatively smaller LPP amplitude to social stimuli and relatively larger LPP amplitude to nonsocial stimuli. There were no group differences in subjective ratings of images, and there were no significant correlations between LPP amplitude and ASD symptom severity within the ASD group. LPP results suggest blunted motivational responses to social stimuli and heightened motivational responses to nonsocial stimuli in youth with ASD.

Keywords

Autism spectrum disorder Social Restricted interests Late positive potential Motivation 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Stephen D. Benning
    • 1
  • Megan Kovac
    • 2
  • Alana Campbell
    • 3
  • Stephanie Miller
    • 4
  • Eleanor K. Hanna
    • 5
  • Cara R. Damiano
    • 3
    • 6
  • Antoinette Sabatino-DiCriscio
    • 6
    • 7
  • Lauren Turner-Brown
    • 8
  • Noah J. Sasson
    • 9
  • Rachel V. Aaron
    • 10
  • Jessica Kinard
    • 3
  • Gabriel S. Dichter
    • 3
    • 5
    • 11
  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of Nevada at Las VegasLas VegasUSA
  2. 2.New York Presbyterian-Weill Cornell Medical CenterNew YorkUSA
  3. 3.Carolina Institute for Developmental DisabilitiesUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA
  4. 4.University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social WorkChapel HillUSA
  5. 5.Department of Psychology and NeuroscienceDuke UniversityDurhamUSA
  6. 6.Department of PsychologyUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel HillChapel HillUSA
  7. 7.Geisinger Autism CenterLewisburgUSA
  8. 8.UNC TEACCHCarrboroUSA
  9. 9.School of Behavioral and Brain SciencesUniversity of Texas at DallasRichardsonUSA
  10. 10.Department of PsychologyVanderbilt UniversityNashvilleUSA
  11. 11.Department of PsychiatryUniversity of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of MedicineChapel HillUSA

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