The singular nature of auditory and visual scene analysis in autism

I. Fan Lin, Aya Shirama, Nobumasa Kato, Makio Kashino

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Individuals with autism spectrum disorder often have difficulty acquiring relevant auditory and visual information in daily environments, despite not being diagnosed as hearing impaired or having low vision. Resent psychophysical and neurophysiological studies have shown that autistic individuals have highly specific individual differences at various levels of information processing, including feature extraction, automatic grouping and top-down modulation in auditory and visual scene analysis. Comparison of the characteristics of scene analysis between auditory and visual modalities reveals some essential commonalities, which could provide clues about the underlying neural mechanisms. Further progress in this line of research may suggest effective methods for diagnosing and supporting autistic individuals.

Original languageEnglish
Article number20160115
JournalPhilosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences
Issue number1714
Publication statusPublished - Feb 19 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Auditory perception
  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Neural basis
  • Visual perception

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Biochemistry,Genetics and Molecular Biology
  • General Agricultural and Biological Sciences


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