About this Research Topic
Research has shown that emotion processing challenges in individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are common and may play an important role in the social functioning difficulties seen in ASD. Recognized issues in the field include difficulties in describing and distinguishing emotions, the role of emotion processing challenges in everyday social functioning, the neuroscience and psychophysiology of emotion processing issues, and developing efficacious treatments and training programs that have shown promise in promoting more successful emotion processing in ASD. This issue will present cutting edge research that addresses these topics, pulling together a coherent set of articles on these sub-themes.
The problems to be tackled in this issue include (1) providing a range of coverage on current critical issues in the field of emotion processing in ASD and (2) providing an integration of the research findings on these issues. Thoughtful discussion of the implications of the articles’ findings and future directions for scholarly research will be made, along with suggestions about the applications of research findings to the treatment of emotion processing issues in ASD. The subthemes chosen for the issue will include: emotion recognition and regulation, the role of emotion in everyday social functioning, the neurophysiological, neurobiological and psychophysiological mechanism of emotion processing in ASD, and establishing efficacious treatments addressing emotion processing challenges. By reflecting state-of-the-art themes in the field, it is expected that the issue’s coverage will appeal to a significant number of scholars, clinicians and stakeholders in the field.
· emotion recognition and regulation
· alexithymia and ASD
· the role of emotion in everyday social functioning
· the neurophysiological, neurobiological and psychophysiological mechanism of emotion processing in ASD
· establishing efficacious treatments and interventions addressing emotion processing challenges
Keywords: Emotion Processing, Autism Spectrum Disorders
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