Rondan, Cécilie; Deruelle, Christine
September 2004
Journal of Cognitive & Behavioral Psychotherapies;Sep2004, Vol. 4 Issue 2, p149
Academic Journal
This study was designed to investigate possible abnormal face processing strategies in high functioning adults with autism (HFA). Subjects were to match faces (upright or upside down) filtered in high (e.g., local information) and low spatial frequencies (e.g., holistic information) to non-filtered images. Results demonstrate that contrary to controls, the autistic group did not show a face inversion effect. In concern to preference for spatial frequency cues, the adults with autism relied on the same strategy as their controls, performing better with low spatial frequencies compared to high spatial frequencies. We suggest that the HFA population may have competencies in some (low spatial frequencies processing) but not all (relationships between parts) forms of configural processing.


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