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Perception of movement in autism


This research project has been examining the perception of movement in children with autism. Our initial findings have suggested that a subgroup of children with autism exhibit abnormally high motion coherence thresholds. The ability to perceive coherent motion has been linked to the efficiency of the magnocellular pathway in the visual system and we have been exploring the possibility that an impairment in magnocellular functioning might account for impaired motion coherence perception and poor perception of low spatial frequency information (and hence enhanced perception of high spatial frequency information - the so called enhanced attention to local detail in autism). This work has been funded by a PhD studententship grant to Elizabeth Milne and we are seeking further funding to continue our collaboration.

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