Detrimental ''Sensitivity'' framework misses the positive performance, role and autonomy of autistic perception

Cogn Neurosci. 2019 Jul;10(3):168-169. doi: 10.1080/17588928.2019.1596073. Epub 2019 Mar 28.


Perception in autism is associated with positive emotions and intense interests, but sensory hypersensitivity represents a limited and poorly representative aspect of what characterizes autistic perception, which is a strength. An enhanced role of perception contributes to written and oral language learning, and to higher-order intelligence. However, perceptual atypicalities are highly domain- and individual-specific, which makes it risky to elaborate general physiological models of autistic perception in the current state of knowledge and phenotype delineation.

Keywords: Autism; Enhanced Perceptual Functioning; perception; sensitivity.

Publication types

  • Research Support, Non-U.S. Gov't
  • Comment

MeSH terms

  • Autistic Disorder*
  • Humans
  • Individuality
  • Intelligence