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Children With Social Deficits Demonstrate an Own-Age Bias in Facial Expression Recognition

Poster Session I - Board: I- 069
Thursday, May 27, 2010, 4:00 PM - 5:00 PM
Back Bay Ballroom

Rachel J. Ammirati
Emory University

Stephen Nowicki
Emory University

Amy Ransom
Emory University

Dorthie Ortigo
Emory University

Jeffrey Jones
Beyond Words Center for Social Skills Training

Lisa Heimann
Beyond Words Center for Social Skills Training

The present study suggests that children with social adjustment problems recognize more emotions in the faces of their peers versus adult faces. This finding is reminiscent of the often-reported own-age bias in facial recognition. Thus, the use of adult faces in the measurement of emotion recognition may underestimate children's skills.

Subject Area: Clinical
Keywords: Emotion

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