Journal of Nonverbal Behavior

, Volume 35, Issue 2, pp 87–100 | Cite as

Asperger’s Syndrome and the Decoding of Boredom, Interest, and Disagreement from Body Posture

Original Paper

Abstract

Twenty Asperger’s Syndrome (AS) participants were compared with 20 matched neurotypical controls in their decoding of postural cues of boredom, interest, and disagreement. On a nonverbal matching task, the AS group performed as accurately as the controls, whereas on a verbal labeling task, AS participants made significantly more mistakes in labeling bored postures. Response times of the AS group were significantly slower than controls in their judgments of all three attitudes on both tasks, with the exception only of disagreeing postures on the verbal labeling task. It was hypothesized that these slower response times may reflect a feature-based cognitive processing style by AS participants. Proposed practical recommendations are to train AS individuals in the recognition of boredom, and to improve the speed with which they can recognize different attitudes.

Keywords

Asperger’s Syndrome Autism Body posture Body perception Boredom 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyUniversity of YorkYorkUK

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