Investigating the influence of autism spectrum traits on face processing mechanisms in developmental prosopagnosia

Citation:

Regan Fry, Xian Li, Travis Evans, Michael Esterman, James Tanaka, and Joseph DeGutis. 9/3/2021. “Investigating the influence of autism spectrum traits on face processing mechanisms in developmental prosopagnosia.” PsyArXiv. Publisher's Version

Abstract:

Autism traits are commonly used as exclusionary criteria in studies of developmental prosopagnosia (DP). We investigated whether autism traits result in qualitatively different face processing in 43 DPs with high vs. low autism quotient (AQ) scores and 27 controls. Compared to controls, behavioral face recognition deficits were similar between the high and low AQ DP groups aside from worse emotion recognition in the high AQ DPs. Both DP groups showed reduced face selectivity in task-based fMRI, although higher AQ DPs showed decreased face selectivity in the posterior superior temporal sulcus. Resting-state fMRI showed similar face network connectivity between DP groups. This suggests that face processing is similar between the DP groups, with additional emotion processing deficits in higher AQ DPs.
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