• facial expression;
  • facial identity;
  • Garner paradigm;
  • autism spectrum disorder (ASD)

The present study sought to test the global-identity and local-emotion processing hypothesis in face perception by examining emotional interference in face perception in children with high-functioning autism/Asperger's syndrome. Participants judged either the expression or the identity of faces while identity/expression was either held constant or varied (Garner paradigm). The results revealed that emotional expressions interfered with identity processing in face perception for autism spectrum disorder individuals. Taken together with previous findings, our results suggest that emotion judgment mainly depends on local processing, while identity judgment mainly depends on global processing. Autism Res 2012, 5: 282–285. © 2012 International Society for Autism Research, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.