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Title: Enhanced Sensitivity to Angry Voices in People with Features of the Broader Autism Phenotype.
Austin Authors: Yap, Valerie M Z;McLachlan, Neil M;Scheffer, Ingrid E ;Wilson, Sarah J
Affiliation: Melbourne School of Psychological Sciences, The University of Melbourne, Parkville, Victoria, Australia
Department of Medicine, Austin Health, The University of Melbourne, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Department of Paediatrics, Austin Health, The University of Melbourne, Heidelberg, Victoria, Australia
Department of Neurology, The Royal Children's Hospital, Parkville, Victoria, Australia
Issue Date: Nov-2018
Date: 2018-06-22
Publication information: Journal of autism and developmental disorders 2018; 48(11): 3899-3911
Abstract: The present study examined whether the ability to recognize vocal emotional expressions is negatively related to features of the Broader Autism Phenotype (BAP) in the general population. We assessed 61 typically developing adults on a BAP self-report measure (Broader Autism Phenotype Questionnaire) and a purpose-developed online emotion recognition task for efficient delivery of non-linguistic vocal stimuli corresponding to the six basic emotions. Contrary to expectations, we found that higher self-ratings of rigid BAP traits correlated with better recognition accuracy and higher intensity ratings for angry voices. We interpret this anger-specific association as an advantage for enhanced threat detection in the BAP and discuss this finding in the broader context of personality research and interpersonal theory.
DOI: 10.1007/s10803-018-3641-7
Journal: Journal of autism and developmental disorders
PubMed URL: 29934730
Type: Journal Article
Subjects: Anger
Broader Autism Phenotype
Emotion recognition
Threat sensitivity
Vocal affect bursts
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