Emotional language impairments in autism

Khetrapal, Neha (2023) Emotional language impairments in autism. In: Language and Emotion: An International Handbook. De Gruyter Mouto, Berlin, pp. 2092-2104. ISBN 9783110795486

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Volumes of literature have been devoted to understanding how facial expressions of emotions are processed in autism. However, the nature of emotional processing outside the visual domain still remains unclear. Although emotional language incorporates a myriad of faculties, the current chapter highlights how individuals with autism process emotion words. Behavioral findings show that individuals are able to correctly identify basic emotion words. But neuroimaging data reveals that participants with autism fail to activate either motor or limbic systems in contrast to their typical counterparts. Furthermore, they also recruit language areas of both the hemispheres to a larger extent. These findings signify differential integration of language, motor and emotion networks in autism even in the face of equivalent behavioral competence. Although the issue of emotion language processing requires further investigation, these studies indicate that at least high-functioning individuals with autism can learn abstract emotional concepts in a rule-based manner that makes it difficult to decode emotions in the visual domain. Further, hypoactivity in the motor areas implies atypical motor embodiment of emotional concepts and aligns this domain of research with documented motor deficits and anomalous emotional processing in the visual domain as part of the autistic symptomatology.

Item Type: Book Section
Keywords: Emotional language | Autism | Language
Subjects: Social Sciences and humanities > Social Sciences > Social Sciences (General)
JGU School/Centre: Jindal Institute of Behavioural Sciences
Depositing User: Amees Mohammad
Date Deposited: 24 May 2023 08:59
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2023 11:51
Official URL: https://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.1515/978...
URI: https://pure.jgu.edu.in/id/eprint/6041


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