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Response to Faces

Date Published: 
November 14, 2013

The problems children with autism may have with processing and recognizing faces may be more complex than previously believed, based on new studies. The studies were described in "Cognition and behavior: Complex response to faces in autism" by the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative.

One study published in Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience found that the brains of children with autism respond similarly to the brains of typically-developing children when describing emotions brought on by viewing photos.

An unrelated study from the journal PLoS One looked at children's ability to perceive and remember faces. Those children with autism had more difficulty remembering faces but did not differ from typically developing children in their ability to distinguish two faces that were only slightly different from each other. Return to News section