A close eye on the eagle-eyed visual acuity hypothesis of autism

Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have been associated with sensory hypersensitivity. A recent study reported visual acuity (VA) in ASD in the region reported for birds of prey. The validity of the results was subsequently
Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) have been associated with sensory hypersensitivity. A recent study reported visual acuity (VA) in ASD in the region reported for birds of prey. The validity of the results was subsequently doubted. This study examined VA in 34 individuals with ASD, 16 with schizophrenia (SCH), and 26 typically developing (TYP). Participants with ASD did not show higher VA than those with SCH and TYP. There were no substantial correlations of VA with clinical severity in ASD or SCH. This study could not confirm the eagle-eyed acuity hypothesis of ASD, or find evidence for a connection of VA and clinical phenotypes. Research needs to further address the origins and circumstances associated with altered sensory or perceptual processing in ASD.
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Author:Sven Bölte, Sabine Schlitt, Volker Gapp, Daniela Hainz, Shella Schirman, Fritz Poustka, Bernhard Weber, Christine M. Freitag, Angela Ciaramidaro, Henrik Walter
URN:urn:nbn:de:hebis:30:3-235571
DOI:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10803-011-1300-3
ISSN:1573-3432
ISSN:0162-3257
Pubmed Id:http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed?term=21660498
Parent Title (English):Journal of autism and developmental disorders : devoted to all severe psychopathologies in childhood
Publisher:Springer Science + Business Media B.V.
Place of publication:Dordrecht [u.a.]
Document Type:Article
Language:English
Date of Publication (online):2012/10/16
Date of first Publication:2011/06/10
Publishing Institution:Univ.-Bibliothek Frankfurt am Main
Release Date:2012/10/16
Tag:Attention; Autism; Bottom-up; Schizophrenia; Sensory processing; Vision
Volume:42
Pagenumber:8
First Page:726
Last Page:733
Note:
Author(s) 2011. This article is published with open access at Springerlink.com . Open Access This article is distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons AttributionNoncommercial License which permits any noncommercial use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author(s) and source are credited. 
HeBIS PPN:310513197
Institutes:Medizin
Dewey Decimal Classification:610 Medizin und Gesundheit
Sammlungen:Universitätspublikationen
Licence (German):License LogoCreative Commons - Namensnennung-Nicht kommerziell 3.0

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