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J Autism Dev Disord. 2006 Oct;36(7):881-90.

ERP evidence of atypical face processing in young children with autism.

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  • 1Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Box 357920 CHDD, Seattle, WA 98195, USA.


Autism involves a basic impairment in social cognition. This study investigated early stage face processing in young children with autism by examining the face-sensitive early negative event-related brain potential component in 3-4 year old children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), typical development, and developmental delay. Results indicated that children with ASD showed a slower electrical brain response to faces and a larger amplitude response to objects compared to children with typical development and developmental delay. These findings indicate that children with ASD have a disordered pattern of brain responses to faces and objects at an early age.

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