Electrophysiological Studies of Social Perception

Introduction

This lecture reviews face perception in social development and its relevance to understanding social perception in autism. Based on research findings from the field of brain electrophysiology, differences in salience and proficiency in processing social versus non-social information are discussed.

Featured Reading

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Dawson, G., Webb, S. & McPartland, J. (2005). Understanding the nature of face processing impairment in autism: Insights from behavioral and electrophysiological studies. Developmental Neuropsychology, 27, 403-424.

This manuscript reviews electrophysiological studies of face perception in autism and proposes a developmental model describing the relationship between early deficits in social motivation and face processing problems observed later in life.

Download the paper at the University of Washington's Autism Center website.