Sensory connection, interest/attention and gamma synchrony in autism or autism, brain connections and preoccupation

Med Hypotheses. 2013 Mar;80(3):284-8. doi: 10.1016/j.mehy.2012.12.005. Epub 2012 Dec 27.


Does motivational interest increase gamma synchrony across neuronal networking to enable computation of related sensory inputs that might lead to greater social understanding in autism spectrum conditions (ASC)? Meaning, is it possible/likely that in autism because individuals process one aspect of sensory input at any one time (therefore missing the wider picture in general) when they are motivated/interested or attending to particular stimuli their attention window is widened due to increased gamma synchrony and they might be enabled to connect in ways that do not occur when they are not motivated? This is my current research question. If gamma synchrony is helping with the binding of information from collective sensory inputs, in ASC, when and only if the individual is motivated, then this has huge potential for how learning might be encouraged for individuals with an ASC.

MeSH terms

  • Attention*
  • Autistic Disorder / physiopathology*
  • Brain / physiopathology*
  • Humans
  • Models, Theoretical
  • Neuronal Plasticity
  • Social Behavior