Resources from recent AANE workshop

November 2, 2015

AANE Connections Conference 2015

Workshop #Y: Characterizing Sensory Hypersensitivities in Autism Presenter: Pawan Sinha, PhD, Professor of Neuroscience, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Many children on the autism spectrum suffer from sensory abnormalities, often hypersensitivities, to stimuli that a neurotypical individual could easily ignore. These hypersensitivities can, in principle, be caused by abnormally acute sensory capabilities. However, empirical data show that individuals with autism do not differ systematically from neurotypical controls in their sensory acuity. Here we present an alternative account: hypersensitivities in autism arise from a reduced ability to habituate. We also consider the broader theoretical implications of this hypothesis. 

For an overview of the predictive impairment in autism hypothesis, see this article from Spectrum News. 

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