A new study finds that adults with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) often struggle when they need to use facial clues to help perform a task.

Investigators from Brunel University London found that while adults with ASD are able to recognize static faces, they are challenged when a task requires them to discriminate between sequences of facial motion or to use facial motion as a cue to identity. This may result in difficulty recognizing social cues, unfamiliar people or even someone’s gender.

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