Brief report: face configuration accuracy and processing speed among adults with high-functioning autism spectrum disorders.

Journal Article (Journal Article)

The present study investigates the accuracy and speed of face processing employed by high-functioning adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs). Two behavioral experiments measured sensitivity to distances between features and face recognition when performance depended on holistic versus featural information. Results suggest adults with ASD were less accurate, but responded as quickly as controls for both tasks. In contrast to previous findings with children, adults with ASD demonstrated a holistic advantage only when the eye region was tested. Both groups recognized large manipulations to second-order relations more accurately than no change or small changes, but controls responded more quickly than participants with ASD when recognizing these large manipulations to configural information.

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Faja, S; Webb, SJ; Merkle, K; Aylward, E; Dawson, G

Published Date

  • March 2009

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 39 / 3

Start / End Page

  • 532 - 538

PubMed ID

  • 18751880

Pubmed Central ID

  • PMC2977974

Electronic International Standard Serial Number (EISSN)

  • 1573-3432

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1007/s10803-008-0635-x


  • eng

Conference Location

  • United States