The face predicts the brain: An investigation of facial morphology associated with autism

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Abstract

The goal of this thesis was to investigate whether facial features associated with autism are hypermasculinised or androgynous.
This research provides the first evidence that children with autism present with hypermasculinised faces. Results linking
prenatal testosterone exposure to adult facial masculinisation for both sexes are also reported. The comparisons of facial
masculinity/femininity in neurotyplcal adults differing in levels of autistic-like traits suggest a possible shift towards an
association between autism and androgynous features in adulthood. The studies described in this thesis have made significant and novel contributions towards our understanding of the relationship between facial morphology and autism .
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Award date19 Sep 2017
DOIs
Publication statusUnpublished - 2017

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