Strong relationship between rapid auditory processing and affective prosody recognition among adults with high autistic traits

Ming LUI, Gilbert Ka Bo LAU, Yvonne Ming Yee HAN, Chi Pun YUEN, Werner SOMMER

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Abstract

This study investigated whether individuals with high autistic traits rely on psychoacoustic abilities in affective prosody recognition (APR). In 94 college students, Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ) and psychoacoustic abilities were measured. Results indicated that higher AQ, higher rapid auditory processing (RAP), and maleness were associated with a lower APR accuracy for low-intensity prosodies. There was a strong positive association between RAP and APR for participants with high AQ, whereas low-AQ participants showed no such pattern. The findings suggest a reliance on psychoacoustic abilities as compensatory mechanism for deficits in higher-order processing of emotional signals in social interactions, and imply potential benefits of auditory interventions in improving APR among individuals with high autistic traits. Copyright © 2022 The Author(s), under exclusive licence to Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)3180-3193
JournalJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
Volume53
Early online dateJun 2022
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2023

Citation

Lui, M., Lau, G. K. B., Han, Y. M. Y., Yuen, K. C. P., & Sommer, W. (2023). Strong relationship between rapid auditory processing and affective prosody recognition among adults with high autistic traits. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 53, 3180-3193. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-022-05600-4

Keywords

  • Affective prosody
  • Autistic traits
  • Rapid auditory processing
  • Pitch direction recognition
  • Speech processing

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