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Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a developmental disorder diagnosed based on difficulties with social communication. Since landmark research on theory of mind deficits in autistic children in the 1980s, many researchers have searched for behavioral, cognitive, and neural mechanisms underlying their social difficulties. This session will focus on behavioral and cognitive characteristics in ASD and present our recent findings. The first speaker will describe the features of spontaneous facial mimicry in autistic children, in comparison to that of typically developing children. The second speaker will present research on interpersonal distance in individuals with ASD. The third speaker will talk about facial attention and its effect on social cognition. The fourth speaker will present recent data on dimensions of mind perception and moral judgement in ASD. A discussion on various aspects of social cognitive functioning in ASD will be held.
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