Is there an influence of autistic traits on audio-visual speech & song emotion perception?

Evie Day, Jia Hoong Ong

Thursday, December 15th, 2022, 12.30pm – 1pm


Autistic individuals are reported to have atypical emotion perception. Evidence indicates this may be domain specific. However, most previous studies have used unimodal stimuli and have not explored perception of emotions in sung vocals. This study thus examined whether emotion recognition differs as a function of autistic traits using audio-visual speech and song stimuli. We found no general impairment in emotion perception across domains as a function of autistic traits, though higher autistic traits were associated with slower reaction time for some emotions. Findings are interpreted in light of methodological differences with previous studies, particularly our use of audio-visual stimuli.