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Odor Perception in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and its Relationship to Food Neophobia.

Luisier AC, Petitpierre G, Ferdenzi C, Clerc Bérod A, Giboreau A, Rouby C, Bensafi M - Front Psychol (2015)

Bottom Line: Results revealed that (i) significant hedonic discrimination between attractive and aversive odors was observed in NT (p = 0.005; d = 2.378) and ASD children (p = 0.042; d = 0.941), and (ii) hedonic discrimination level was negatively correlated with food neophobia scores in ASD (p = 0.007) but not NT children.In conclusion, this study offers new insights into odor perception in ASD children, highlighting a relationship between odor hedonic reactivity and eating behavior.This opens up new perspectives on both (i) the role of olfaction in the construction of eating behavior in ASD children, and (ii) the measurement and meaning of food neophobia in this population.

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Affiliation: Research Center in Neurosciences of Lyon, CNRS UMR5292, INSERM U1028, Claude Bernard University Lyon 1 Lyon, France ; Senso5 Foundation Sion, Switzerland ; Institute of Special Education, University of Fribourg Fribourg, Switzerland.

ABSTRACT
Atypical sensory functioning in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has been well documented in the last decade for the visual, tactile and auditory systems, but olfaction in ASD is still understudied. The aim of the present study was to examine whether children with ASD and neuro-typically (NT) developed children differed in odor perception, at the cognitive (familiarity and identification ability), sensorimotor (olfactory exploration) and affective levels (hedonic evaluation). Because an important function of the sense of smell is its involvement in eating, from food selection to appreciation and recognition, a potential link between odor perception and food neophobia was also investigated. To these ends, 10 children between 6 and 13 years old diagnosed with ASD and 10 NT control children were tested. To compare performance, 16 stimuli were used and food neophobia was assessed by the parents on a short food neophobia scale. Results revealed that (i) significant hedonic discrimination between attractive and aversive odors was observed in NT (p = 0.005; d = 2.378) and ASD children (p = 0.042; d = 0.941), and (ii) hedonic discrimination level was negatively correlated with food neophobia scores in ASD (p = 0.007) but not NT children. In conclusion, this study offers new insights into odor perception in ASD children, highlighting a relationship between odor hedonic reactivity and eating behavior. This opens up new perspectives on both (i) the role of olfaction in the construction of eating behavior in ASD children, and (ii) the measurement and meaning of food neophobia in this population.

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Behavioral data (i): total duration of explorations and number of olfactory explorations. (A–C) No significant effect of group or of odor conditions within groups was observed for total duration of exploration. (D–F) For number of olfactory explorations, no significant effect of group or odor condition (within group) was observed.
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Figure 3: Behavioral data (i): total duration of explorations and number of olfactory explorations. (A–C) No significant effect of group or of odor conditions within groups was observed for total duration of exploration. (D–F) For number of olfactory explorations, no significant effect of group or odor condition (within group) was observed.

Mentions: Regarding behavioral data (Table 2): for the variable “total duration of exploration” (Figures 3A–C), no significant effect of group was found for mg, mL-Carvone, mTrimethylamine, msimple, or mmixture and intra-group comparison did not show any significant difference between Carvone and Trimethylamine in the NT or ASD group. Moreover, no significant difference between mixtures and their individual components was observed in the NT or ASD group.


Odor Perception in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder and its Relationship to Food Neophobia.

Luisier AC, Petitpierre G, Ferdenzi C, Clerc Bérod A, Giboreau A, Rouby C, Bensafi M - Front Psychol (2015)

Behavioral data (i): total duration of explorations and number of olfactory explorations. (A–C) No significant effect of group or of odor conditions within groups was observed for total duration of exploration. (D–F) For number of olfactory explorations, no significant effect of group or odor condition (within group) was observed.
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Figure 3: Behavioral data (i): total duration of explorations and number of olfactory explorations. (A–C) No significant effect of group or of odor conditions within groups was observed for total duration of exploration. (D–F) For number of olfactory explorations, no significant effect of group or odor condition (within group) was observed.
Mentions: Regarding behavioral data (Table 2): for the variable “total duration of exploration” (Figures 3A–C), no significant effect of group was found for mg, mL-Carvone, mTrimethylamine, msimple, or mmixture and intra-group comparison did not show any significant difference between Carvone and Trimethylamine in the NT or ASD group. Moreover, no significant difference between mixtures and their individual components was observed in the NT or ASD group.

Bottom Line: Results revealed that (i) significant hedonic discrimination between attractive and aversive odors was observed in NT (p = 0.005; d = 2.378) and ASD children (p = 0.042; d = 0.941), and (ii) hedonic discrimination level was negatively correlated with food neophobia scores in ASD (p = 0.007) but not NT children.In conclusion, this study offers new insights into odor perception in ASD children, highlighting a relationship between odor hedonic reactivity and eating behavior.This opens up new perspectives on both (i) the role of olfaction in the construction of eating behavior in ASD children, and (ii) the measurement and meaning of food neophobia in this population.

View Article: PubMed Central - PubMed

Affiliation: Research Center in Neurosciences of Lyon, CNRS UMR5292, INSERM U1028, Claude Bernard University Lyon 1 Lyon, France ; Senso5 Foundation Sion, Switzerland ; Institute of Special Education, University of Fribourg Fribourg, Switzerland.

ABSTRACT
Atypical sensory functioning in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) has been well documented in the last decade for the visual, tactile and auditory systems, but olfaction in ASD is still understudied. The aim of the present study was to examine whether children with ASD and neuro-typically (NT) developed children differed in odor perception, at the cognitive (familiarity and identification ability), sensorimotor (olfactory exploration) and affective levels (hedonic evaluation). Because an important function of the sense of smell is its involvement in eating, from food selection to appreciation and recognition, a potential link between odor perception and food neophobia was also investigated. To these ends, 10 children between 6 and 13 years old diagnosed with ASD and 10 NT control children were tested. To compare performance, 16 stimuli were used and food neophobia was assessed by the parents on a short food neophobia scale. Results revealed that (i) significant hedonic discrimination between attractive and aversive odors was observed in NT (p = 0.005; d = 2.378) and ASD children (p = 0.042; d = 0.941), and (ii) hedonic discrimination level was negatively correlated with food neophobia scores in ASD (p = 0.007) but not NT children. In conclusion, this study offers new insights into odor perception in ASD children, highlighting a relationship between odor hedonic reactivity and eating behavior. This opens up new perspectives on both (i) the role of olfaction in the construction of eating behavior in ASD children, and (ii) the measurement and meaning of food neophobia in this population.

No MeSH data available.


Related in: MedlinePlus