Perception Action Cognition Occasional Talks

Autism and the visual perception of biological motion

Although the social manifestations of autism are widely known there is an increasing interest in perceptual properties that might be associated in this condition. I will discuss recent research in our lab using psychophysics and fMRI, which explored the visual perception of human movement in adults on the autism spectrum (McKay et al, 2012). This study showed that although adults on the autism spectrum performed equal to an age and IQ matched group of typical adults there were striking differences revealed by fMRI on the networks recruited by the visual task. These results provide unique evidence of compensatory processes in adults with autism.