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Autism: a different perception
Our primary objective in proposing and editing this special issue was to provide a forum for the emerging and rapidly expanding area of study of perception in autism. This includes the rethinking and reworking of the predominant theories in light of recent empirical findings, reviews of domain-specific research within the context of advances in basic neuroscience research on perception, and examples of state-of-the art research in this area. Despite the recent growth of interest and activity, as evident in the contributions to this special issue, perception is not exactly a new area of research in the study of autism. Rather, the conceptual roots of the basic tenets and many essential areas of the current work date back to the earliest eras of autism research. For example, both Frith’s (1970a, b) findings of the skewing of processing toward superficial, or perceptual, aspects of display materials in pattern recognition and reproduction and Shah and...
KeywordsPerceptual Experience Face Processing Perceptual Functioning Cognitive Neuropsychology Weak Central Coherence
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