Adults with Autism Can't Discern False Emotions

Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative
Date Published: 
January 17, 2014

Adults with autism usually understand in theory when and why others may feign emotions, but they don’t recognize those expressions in real-life situations, reports a study published in Autism Research. This inability to guess what triggered someone’s subtle expression can lead to social missteps — congratulating instead of consoling a disappointed friend, for example.