Exploring factors related to the anger superiority effect in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

May, T., Cornish, K. and Rinehart, N. J. 2016, Exploring factors related to the anger superiority effect in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Brain and cognition, vol. 106, pp. 65-71, doi: 10.1016/j.bandc.2016.05.004.

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Title Exploring factors related to the anger superiority effect in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder
Author(s) May, T.ORCID iD for May, T. orcid.org/0000-0001-8705-4180
Cornish, K.
Rinehart, N. J.ORCID iD for Rinehart, N. J. orcid.org/0000-0001-6109-3958
Journal name Brain and cognition
Volume number 106
Start page 65
End page 71
Total pages 7
Publisher Eselvier
Place of publication Amsterdam, The Netherlands
Publication date 2016-07
ISSN 1090-2147
Keyword(s) Anger superiority effect
Anxiety
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Speeded attention to threat
Threat detection
Science & Technology
Social Sciences
Life Sciences & Biomedicine
Neurosciences
Psychology, Experimental
Neurosciences & Neurology
Psychology
FACIAL EXPRESSIONS
PSYCHOMETRIC PROPERTIES
ASPERGER-SYNDROME
ANGRY FACES
CROWD
AMYGDALA
ADOLESCENTS
ADULTS
SCALE
Summary Despite face and emotion recognition deficits, individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) appear to experience the anger superiority effect, where an angry face in a crowd is detected faster than a neutral face. This study extended past research to examine the impacts of ecologically valid photographic stimuli, gender and anxiety symptoms on the anger superiority effect in children with and without ASD. Participants were 81, 7-12year old children, 42 with ASD matched on age, gender and perceptual IQ to 39 typically developing (TYP) children. The photographic stimuli did not impact on task performance in ASD with both groups exhibiting the anger superiority effect. There were no gender differences and no associations with anxiety. Age was associated with the effect in the TYP but not ASD group. These findings confirm a robust effect of speeded detection of threat in ASD which does not appear to be confounded by gender or anxiety, but may have different underlying age-associated mechanisms.
Language eng
DOI 10.1016/j.bandc.2016.05.004
Field of Research 179999 Psychology and Cognitive Sciences not elsewhere classified
1109 Neurosciences
1701 Psychology
1702 Cognitive Science
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
ERA Research output type C Journal article
Copyright notice ©2016, Elsevier
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