Research offers new understanding of autism

A study led by UQ School of Psychology researcher Dr Daniel Skorich has shown a relationship between features of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) that were previously thought to be unrelated.

"Autism is a multi-faceted disorder characterised by distinct clusters of features," Dr Skorich said.

"One of these clusters relates to the ability to share attention with others, and to focus attention on the objects or events on which someone else is focused. People with ASD show a decreased tendency to do this.

"A second cluster is related to information processing, where people with ASD process information in a less integrated manner, referred to as 'weak central coherence'.

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15th February 2017
Medical Xpress