Perceptual Development Lab 
Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center

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Individuals with autism are known to have difficulty processing the emotional information in faces. The Foundations Study examines several levels of face processing in youngsters with autism, with Down Syndrome, as well as those who are typically developing. We are interested in the processes by which children with autism and children with Down syndrome perceive facial identity and emotional expressions.


Which face matches the top face in emotional expression?


We are recruiting children with mental ages of 5-14 years for participation in this study. Subjects visit the laboratory on several sessions to complete a battery of behavioral tasks on the computer. Participants are also invited to complete a session in which we measure their eye movements while they perform a matching task with faces, and in a session in which we measure their brainwaves while they look at pictures of faces and other objects.