Improving Emotion Perception in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder with Computer-Based Training and Hearing Amplification.

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dc.contributor.author Leung, Joan H
dc.contributor.author Purdy, Suzanne C
dc.contributor.author Corballis, Paul M
dc.coverage.spatial Switzerland
dc.date.accessioned 2021-10-06T06:02:57Z
dc.date.available 2021-10-06T06:02:57Z
dc.date.issued 2021-4-8
dc.identifier.citation Brain sciences 11(4) 08 Apr 2021
dc.identifier.issn 2076-3425
dc.identifier.uri https://hdl.handle.net/2292/56849
dc.description.abstract Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) experience challenges with social communication, often involving emotional elements of language. This may stem from underlying auditory processing difficulties, especially when incoming speech is nuanced or complex. This study explored the effects of auditory training on social perception abilities of children with ASD. The training combined use of a remote-microphone hearing system and computerized emotion perception training. At baseline, children with ASD had poorer social communication scores and delayed mismatch negativity (MMN) compared to typically developing children. Behavioral results, measured pre- and post-intervention, revealed increased social perception scores in children with ASD to the extent that they outperformed their typically developing peers post-intervention. Electrophysiology results revealed changes in neural responses to emotional speech stimuli. Post-intervention, mismatch responses of children with ASD more closely resembled their neurotypical peers, with shorter MMN latencies, a significantly heightened P2 wave, and greater differentiation of emotional stimuli, consistent with their improved behavioral results. This study sets the foundation for further investigation into connections between auditory processing difficulties and social perception and communication for individuals with ASD, and provides a promising indication that combining amplified hearing and computer-based targeted social perception training using emotional speech stimuli may have neuro-rehabilitative benefits.
dc.format.medium Electronic
dc.language eng
dc.publisher MDPI AG
dc.relation.ispartofseries Brain sciences
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dc.rights.uri https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/
dc.subject Autism Spectrum Disorder
dc.subject auditory processing
dc.subject cortical auditory evoked potentials
dc.subject hearing amplification
dc.subject speech prosody
dc.subject training intervention
dc.subject Science & Technology
dc.subject Life Sciences & Biomedicine
dc.subject Neurosciences
dc.subject Neurosciences & Neurology
dc.subject Autism Spectrum Disorder
dc.subject speech prosody
dc.subject auditory processing
dc.subject hearing amplification
dc.subject training intervention
dc.subject cortical auditory evoked potentials
dc.subject 1109 Neurosciences
dc.subject 1701 Psychology
dc.subject 1702 Cognitive Sciences
dc.title Improving Emotion Perception in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder with Computer-Based Training and Hearing Amplification.
dc.type Journal Article
dc.identifier.doi 10.3390/brainsci11040469
pubs.issue 4
pubs.begin-page 469
pubs.volume 11
dc.date.updated 2021-09-06T10:21:14Z
dc.rights.holder Copyright: The author en
pubs.author-url https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/33917776
pubs.publication-status Published
dc.rights.accessrights http://purl.org/eprint/accessRights/OpenAccess en
pubs.subtype research-article
pubs.subtype Journal Article
pubs.elements-id 848040
dc.identifier.eissn 2076-3425
dc.identifier.pii brainsci11040469
pubs.number ARTN 469
pubs.online-publication-date 2021-4-8


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