Children with autism adapt normally during a catching task requiring the cerebellum

Neurocase. 2004 Feb;10(1):60-4. doi: 10.1080/13554790490960503.


The cerebellum, which has been found to be abnormal in histopathological studies of autism, is important for motor adaptation. We studied controls and children with high functioning autism (HFA) performing a catching adaptation test that is known to be impaired following cerebellar damage. Results showed no differences in adaptation rates or after-effects for HFA subjects versus controls. The findings indicate normal motor adaptation in HFA, suggesting normal or compensated cerebellar function for this task.

Publication types

  • Comparative Study
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural
  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Research Support, U.S. Gov't, P.H.S.

MeSH terms

  • Adaptation, Physiological / physiology*
  • Adolescent
  • Autistic Disorder / physiopathology*
  • Case-Control Studies
  • Cerebellum / physiopathology*
  • Child
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Neuropsychological Tests
  • Psychomotor Performance / physiology*