Journal article

Enhanced Sensitivity to Angry Voices in People with Features of the Broader Autism Phenotype

Valerie MZ Yap, Neil M McLachlan, Ingrid E Scheffer, Sarah J Wilson

JOURNAL OF AUTISM AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISORDERS | SPRINGER/PLENUM PUBLISHERS | Published : 2018

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 thr..

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Grants

Awarded by United States Department of Defence (DoD) office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP)


Funding Acknowledgements

This research was supported in part by Award Number W81XWH-12-1-0490 from the United States Department of Defence (DoD) office of the Congressionally Directed Medical Research Programs (CDMRP).