Theses and Dissertations

Date of Award


Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Experimental Psychology

First Advisor

Dr. Yu-Cheng Lin

Second Advisor

Dr. Hitomi Kambara

Third Advisor

Dr. Po-Yi Chen


Accurately recognizing and interpreting the emotions of others face, voice, and body language is a crucial component for successfully building good social skills with peers. This study explores emotional recognition in individuals with autistic traits, measured by the Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ), and individuals with alexithymia traits, measured by Toronto Alexithymia Scale-20 (TAS-20). Individuals are presented with various complex emotions using Genova Emotion Recognition Short version (GERT-S). This present study examines the relationship between AQ and TAS-20 and determine if there is any interaction between them for emotional recognition. The researcher found that there was a negative correlation between autistic traits and emotional recognition abilities. The results also indicate that there was a positive correlation between autistic traits and alexithymia traits but they did not interact with each other for emotional recognition.


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