Understanding strategic information use during emotional expression judgments in Williams syndrome

Louise Ewing, Emily K. Farran, Annette Karmiloff-Smith, Marie L. Smith

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Detailed analysis of expression judgments in Williams syndrome reveals that successful emotion categorization need not reflect ‘classic’ information processing strategies. These individuals draw upon a distinct set of featural details to identify happy and fearful faces that differ from those used by typically developing comparison groups: children and adults. The diagnostic visual information is also notably less interlinked in Williams syndrome, consistent with reports of diminished processing of configural information during face identity judgments. These results prompt reconsideration of typical models of face expertise by revealing that an age-appropriate profile of expression performance can be achieved via alternative routes.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)323-335
Number of pages13
JournalDevelopmental Neuropsychology
Issue number5
Early online date11 Sep 2017
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2017


  • face perception
  • emotional expressions
  • social motivation
  • reverse correlation
  • adults
  • Williams syndrome

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