The Effect of Inversion on the Anger Superiority Effect in Children with and without Autism Spectrum DisordersTomoko Isomura, Shino Ogawa, Satoko Yamada, Masahiro Shibasaki and Nobuo Masataka*
Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University, Inuyama, Japan
- Corresponding Author:
- Nobuo Masataka
Primate Research Institute, Kyoto University
41-2 Kanrin, Inuyama, Aichi, Japan
E-mail: [email protected]
Received date: April 09, 2014; Accepted date: May 05, 2014; Published date: May 16, 2014
Citation: Isomura T, Ogawa S, Yamada S, Shibasaki M, Masataka N (2014) The Effect of Inversion on the Anger Superiority Effect in Children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorders . J Psychol Abnorm Child 3:117. doi:10.4172/2329-9525.1000117
Copyright: © 2014 Masataka N, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.
Previous studies have demonstrated that angry faces capture humans’ attention more rapidly than emotionally positive faces. This phenomenon is referred to as the anger superiority effect (ASE). Despite atypical emotional processing, adults and children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) have been reported to show ASE as well as typically developed (TD) individuals. In this study, we tested ASE in children with and without ASD using upright/ inverted schematic faces to explore the face-processing style employed by them during detection of emotional faces. The results revealed that faster detection of angry faces over happy faces was observed in both TD and ASD children. Interestingly, however, the effect was stronger in children with ASD compared to TD children when faces were inverted. These findings suggest that different face-processing style would be employed or different mechanisms of emotional processing would underlie the quick detection of angry faces in children with and without ASD.