Reading affect in the face and voice: neural correlates of interpreting communicative intent in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders.

TitleReading affect in the face and voice: neural correlates of interpreting communicative intent in children and adolescents with autism spectrum disorders.
Publication TypeJournal Article
Year of Publication2007
AuthorsWang, TA, Lee SS, Sigman M, Dapretto M
JournalArchives of general psychiatry
Volume64
Issue6
Pagination698-708
Date Published2007 Jun
ISSN0003-990X
KeywordsAdolescent, Affect, Attention, Auditory Perception, Autistic Disorder, Brain, Brain Mapping, Child, Communication, Communication Disorders, Comprehension, Facial Expression, Humans, Language Tests, Magnetic Resonance Imaging, Male, Prefrontal Cortex, Social Perception, Visual Perception, Voice
Abstract

Understanding a speaker's communicative intent in everyday interactions is likely to draw on cues such as facial expression and tone of voice. Prior research has shown that individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) show reduced activity in brain regions that respond selectively to the face and voice. However, there is also evidence that activity in key regions can be increased if task demands allow for explicit processing of emotion.

DOI10.1111/j.1751-7893.2009.00137.x
Alternate JournalArch. Gen. Psychiatry