Intact Galvanic Skin Responses and Impaired Self-Reports in Response to Emotional Pictures in High-Functioning Autism

Dorit Ben Shalom, S. H. Mostofsky, R. L. Hazlett, M. C. Goldberg, D. R. McLeod, R. Hoehn-Saric

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Abstract

Impairment in reciprocal social interaction, which often involves social-emotional relations, is one of the defining features of autism. Neurologically, there is growing evidence for an abnormality in a system including the amygdala and the medial prefrontal cortex. LeDoux distinguished between amygdaloid physical emotions (for example, "being in a state of fear") and their corresponding prefrontal feelings (for example, "feeling afraid"). To provide insight into what aspects of the "amygdala-frontal" circuits might be affected, we decided to measure emotional responses and subject reports about feelings in children with autism. If individuals with autism have emotionally related activation of the amygdala, some high-functioning people with autism might be able to label some of the physical emotions based on observable behavior and physical responses.
Original languageEnglish GB
Pages (from-to)501-504
Number of pages4
JournalAnnals of the New York Academy of Sciences
Volume985
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2003

Keywords

  • Amygdala
  • Autism
  • Galvanic skin responses
  • Medial prefrontal cortex
  • Self-reports

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuroscience (all)
  • Biochemistry, Genetics and Molecular Biology (all)
  • History and Philosophy of Science

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