Brief report: Facial asymmetry and autistic-like traits in the general population
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
School of Science
Funders listed at https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s10803-020-04661-7#Fun
© 2020, Springer Science+Business Media, LLC, part of Springer Nature. Atypical facial morphology, particularly increased facial asymmetry, has been identified in some individuals with Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC). Many cognitive, behavioural and biological features associated with ASC also occur on a continuum in the general population. The aim of the present study was to examine subthreshold levels of autistic traits and facial morphology in non-autistic individuals. Facial asymmetry was measured using three-dimensional facial photogrammetry, and the Autism-spectrum Quotient was used to measure autistic-like traits in a community-ascertained sample of young adults (n = 289). After accounting for covariates, there were no significant associations observed between autistic-like traits and facial asymmetry, suggesting that any potential facial morphology differences linked to ASC may be limited to the clinical condition.