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Understanding perception and action in autism  

Research has shown that people with autism have a perceptual bias during sensory processing that results in a focus on details, or "local" features, often at the expense of the whole, or "global" features. That is, they often "cannot see the forest for the trees." In contrast, typically-developing populations are aware of global features in a sensory stimulus and are able to see the idiomatic "forest." The effect of this perceptual bias on multiple sensory systems is unknown. Dr. Bastian's fellow will explore local versus global processing of shapes in two sensory systems: vision and touch. The perceptual bias in vision will be compared to the bias in touch using analogous stimuli. Motion perception will also be examined, and the bias in processing dynamic stimuli will be compared to the bias for static stimuli. To understand how these perceptual biases may ultimately affect behavior, the scientists will also analyze how participating subjects draw different shapes. Project Status


Funder Autism Speaks
Fiscal Year Funding $32,000.00
Project Number 2201
Principal Investigator Bastian, Amy
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 2: How Can I Understand What Is Happening? (Biology)
Strategic Plan Objective 2O. Not specific to Question 2 objectives
Federal or Private? Private
Institution Kennedy Krieger Institute
State/Country Maryland
Web Link 1 Understanding perception and action in autism (External web link)
Web Link 2 No URL available.
Web Link 3 No URL available.
History/Related Projects Understanding perception and action in autism | $0.00 | 2010 | 2201
Understanding perception and action in autism | $32,000.00 | 2008 | 2201