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Predictive sensorimotor control largely preserved in autism

Reuters Health - 05/10/2020 - Predictive sensorimotor control is similar in people with and without autism, contrary to current dogma, researchers report. "We are most excited about the frequent lack of differences shown between autistic and non-autistic participants in our study," Dr. Gavin Buckingham of the University of Exeter, in the U.K., told Reuters Health by email. "If predictive control was broadly impaired in autism, as suggested by the extant literature, then we would expect to see clear autism-related differences across multiple eye-tracking and motor control variables. But this didn't happen!" Atypicalities in how predictions and sensory information are processed in the brain are characteristic features of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Some research has shown that prediction-dependent features are not always impaired in autistic individuals, suggesting that predictive processing atypicalities might be driven by task- or context-specific mechanisms.

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