A preliminary investigation into the relationship between empathy, autistic like traits and emotion recognition

Rachel Martin*, Karen McKenzie, Dale Metcalfe, Thomas Pollet, Kris McCarty

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Abstract

Objectives: To determine the effects of autistic-like traits (ALT), empathy and situational cues on emotion recognition ability.

Methods: Eighty-six participants (64 male, 22 female) completed measures of empathy, ALT and emotion recognition (with and without situational cues) online. Results were analysed using a multilevel logistic model.

Results: The presence of situational cues and ALT were significantly related to emotion recognition.

Conclusions: High levels of ALTs and a lack of situational cues resulted in poorer emotion recognition. Future research should seek to control possible confounds, including processing style. Potential implications of the current study are discussed.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)12-16
Number of pages5
JournalPersonality and Individual Differences
Volume137
Early online date8 Aug 2018
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2019

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