Emoji identification and emoji effects on sentence emotionality in ASD-diagnosed adults and neurotypical controls
AffiliationUniversity of Glasgow
Glasgow Caledonian University
University of Nottingham
University of Bedfordshire
Regents University London
Subjectsautism spectrum disorders
social information processing
Subject Categories::C860 Neuropsychology
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AbstractWe investigated ASD-diagnosed adults' and neurotypical (NT) controls' processing of emoji and emoji influence on the emotionality of otherwise-neutral sentences. Study 1 participants categorised emoji representing the six basic emotions using a fixed-set of emotional adjectives. Results showed that ASD-diagnosed participants' classifications of fearful, sad, and surprised emoji were more diverse and less 'typical' than NT controls' responses. Study 2 participants read emotionally-neutral sentences; half paired with sentence-final happy emoji, half with sad emoji. Participants rated sentence + emoji stimuli for emotional valence. ASD-diagnosed and NT participants rated sentences + happy emoji as equally-positive, however, ASD-diagnosed participants rated sentences + sad emoji as more-negative than NT participants. We must acknowledge differential perceptions and effects of emoji, and emoji-text inter-relationships, when working with neurodiverse stakeholders.
CitationHand CJ, Kennedy A, Filik R, Pitchford M, Robus CM (2022) 'Emoji identification and emoji effects on sentence emotionality in ASD-diagnosed adults and neurotypical controls', Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, (), pp.-.
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