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Self-face and self-voice representation: insights for and from autism

Chakraborty, A., Lawson, A. and Chakrabarti, B. ORCID: (2023) Self-face and self-voice representation: insights for and from autism. In: Keenan, J. P., Quevedo, K. and William D., H. (eds.) Self-Face Recognition and the Brain. Routledge, pp. 139-161. ISBN 9781003181156

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Ever since the different aspects of self were proposed by William James over a century ago, self-representation has remained a focus of empirical and theoretical interest. In this chapter, we focus on Jamesian ‘bodily self’, or physical self-representation. We describe a set of studies on the representation of self-face and self-voice, where participants were explicitly asked to label different morphed stimuli as ‘self’ or ‘other’. Across studies in two cultures, we note that the boundary for self-other judgement is significantly different between face and voice stimuli. Beyond testing the cultural generalisability of these results, we note the impact of autism-related symptomatic variation on self-face and self-voice processing. Here too, we see a culturally generalisable pattern that demonstrates a more distinct self-representation in individuals with high autistic traits, specifically for voice stimuli. The chapter concludes by proposing two competing theoretical models to explain these findings and pointing to future directions.

Item Type:Book or Report Section
Divisions:Interdisciplinary Research Centres (IDRCs) > Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics (CINN)
Interdisciplinary centres and themes > ASD (Autism Spectrum Disorders) Research Network
Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Department of Psychology
Life Sciences > School of Psychology and Clinical Language Sciences > Psychopathology and Affective Neuroscience
ID Code:112927

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