Western Undergraduate Psychology Journal

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Face Processing in Autistic and Prosopagnosic Individuals


Previous research in autism has suggested that various features such as social and cognitive impairments as defined by one’s inability to recognize facial expressions of others. Eye gaze has played as one of the key concept in distinguishing autism; hence, various studies focus on defining characteristics like eye gaze to understand how autistic individuals detect emotions. Similarly, another disorder known as prosopagnosia has been noted to identify those who are incapable of recognizing faces and therefore are unable to notice emotions. The following paper discussed variables of both disorders, autism and prosopagnosia, and how one can help identify the other at an earlier stage. Specifically, this paper examines the methods of prosopagnosia, and how if applied, can be used to detect autism in infants. Furthermore, the design had participants perform two diverse experiments, which measured their hemodynamic response. Expected results were then further discussed to understand how the prosopagnosic methods would aid early autism detection in children as young as six months.

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