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Brief Report: Developing Spatial Frequency Biases for Face Recognition in Autism and Williams Syndrome

Leonard, H, Annaz, D, Karmiloff-Smith, A and Johnson, MH (2011) Brief Report: Developing Spatial Frequency Biases for Face Recognition in Autism and Williams Syndrome Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 41 (7). pp. 968-973.

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Abstract

The current study investigated whether contrasting face recognition abilities in autism and Williams syndrome could be explained by different spatial frequency biases over developmental time. Typically-developing children and groups with Williams syndrome and autism were asked to recognise faces in which low, middle and high spatial frequency bands were masked. All three groups demonstrated a gradual specialisation toward the mid-band. However, while the use of high spatial frequencies decreased in control and autism groups over development, the Williams syndrome group did not display a bias toward this band at any point. These data demonstrate that typical outcomes can be achieved through atypical developmental processes, and confirm the importance of cross-syndrome studies in the investigation of developmental disorders.

Item Type: Article
Subjects : Psychology
Divisions : Faculty of Health and Medical Sciences > School of Psychology
Authors :
AuthorsEmailORCID
Leonard, HUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Annaz, DUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Karmiloff-Smith, AUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Johnson, MHUNSPECIFIEDUNSPECIFIED
Date : July 2011
Identification Number : 10.1007/s10803-010-1115-7
Copyright Disclaimer : The final publication is available at Springer via http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10803-010-1115-7
Depositing User : Symplectic Elements
Date Deposited : 30 Aug 2016 13:49
Last Modified : 30 Aug 2016 13:49
URI: http://epubs.surrey.ac.uk/id/eprint/811903

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