Date Presented Accepted for AOTA INSPIRE 2021 but unable to be presented due to online event limitations.

Understanding the mechanisms of emotion production and emotion processing is important for addressing social communication deficits in individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Our results suggest that prompted emotional expressions in individuals with ASD are considered less genuinely expressed than those of their typically developing peers. This authenticity is related to neural responses in social processing brain regions. These findings offer insight for OTs to better treat and develop therapies to address social communication deficits in individuals with ASD.

Primary Author and Speaker: Emily Kilroy

Additional Authors and Speakers: Sharada Krishnan

Contributing Authors: Christiana Butera, Laura Harrison, Aditya Jayashankar, Anusha Hossain, Alexis Nalbach, and Lisa Aziz-Zadeh

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