ID43. To recognize and predict in emotions in others

In References on August 24, 2009 at 7:21 pm

Silver, M, & Oakes, P. (2001). Evaluation of a new computer intervention to teach people with autism or Apserger syndrome to recognize and predict emotions in others. Autism, 5, 299-316.


A randomized controlled study with measurements taken pre- and post-intervention.

All participants had a clear diagnosis of an autistic spectrum disorder, an age equivalent of 7 years or greater on the British Picture Vocabulary Scale.

(Note. this scale only provides an age standard score ) and a chronological age of 10 to 18 years.

Then they were paried by age, gender, and school class to control for the effectof normal teaching. One of each pair was randomly selected to receive the computer intervention.

The experimenter group sued the Emotion Trainer during 10 daily computer sessions (over 2 to 3 weeks), whereas the control group had only their normal lessons.



The Facial Expression Photographs from Spence (1980)

 Happe’s Strange Stories (Happe, 1994) in which something non-literal is said that the child is asked to explain.

Emotion Recognition Cartoons: Eight situation-based emotions, six-desire based emotions and eight belief-based emotions from Teaching Children with Autism to Mind-Read: A Practical Guide (Howlin et la., 1999).


Design of the computer intervention

The improvement reached significance on the Emotion Recognition Cartoons and Strange Stories  but not on the Facial Expression Photographs.


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