Autistic Traits are Associated with Less Precise Perceptual Integration of Face Identity

Kaitlyn Turbett, Linda Jeffery, Jason Bell, Jessamy Burton, Romina Palermo

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Face recognition difficulties are common in autism and could be a consequence of perceptual atypicalities that disrupt the ability to integrate current and prior information. We tested this theory by measuring the strength of serial dependence for faces (i.e. how likely is it that current perception of a face is biased towards a previously seen face) across the broader autism phenotype. Though serial dependence was not weaker in individuals with more autistic traits, more autistic traits were associated with greater integration of less similar faces. These results suggest that serial dependence is less specialised, and may not operate optimally, in individuals with more autistic traits and could therefore be a contributing factor to autism-linked face recognition difficulties.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2168-2179
Number of pages12
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Issue number5
Early online date3 Jun 2021
Publication statusPublished - May 2022


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