Abstract: Young Adults’ Autistic Behaviors Predict N170 Responses to Emotional Stimuli

Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disability characterized by deficits in communication and social interaction. ASD individuals also show impairments in emotion identification, especially for negative emotions and surprise. This deficit may be related to neural differences in the N170 event-related potential (ERP) found in ASD individuals, suggesting that they may fail to activate the neural areas necessary for face processing. Because ASD is a spectrum condition, using non-clinical samples of individuals on the broader autism phenotype (BAP) can help us understand emotion processing related to ASD.

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