Navigation Links
People With Autism May Be Better at Processing Information
Date:3/26/2012

MONDAY, March 26 (HealthDay News) -- People with autism have an enhanced ability to process information, which may explain the apparently higher-than-average percentage of people with autism who work in the information technology industry, British researchers say.

Along with this heightened capacity for processing information, people with autism are better able to detect information that is considered critical, according to the study, which appeared March 22 in the Journal of Abnormal Psychology.

Autism spectrum disorders include a range of neurodevelopmental disorders, all marked by difficulties with social and communication skills and repetitive behaviors.

People with autism have an increased ability to focus on certain tasks, but are also easily distracted by things such as flashing lights or particular sounds, it has been thought.

A University College London (UCL) researcher wondered if these conflicting characteristics might be due to a higher-than-normal ability to process information.

"Our work on perceptual capacity in the typical adult brain suggests a clear explanation for the unique cognitive profile that people with autism show," Nilli Lavie, a professor at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience at UCL, said in a Wellcome Trust news release.

"People who have higher perceptual capacity are able to process more information from a scene, but this may also include some irrelevant information that they may find harder to ignore," she said. "Our research suggests autism does not involve a distractibility deficit but rather an information-processing advantage."

Lavie and her colleagues tested the theory by giving 16 adults with autism and 16 adults without autism a task designed to assess their "perceptual load capacity." Both groups were successful at the task in the easier initial stages, but the adults with autism significantly outperformed those without autism as the task became more difficult.

"Our study confirms our hypothesis that people with autism have higher perceptual capacity compared to the typical population," Lavie said. "This can only be seen once the task becomes more demanding, with more information to process. In the more challenging task conditions, people with autism are able to perceive significantly more information than the typical adult."

Lavie said the findings may help explain why people with autism spectrum disorders, such as Asperger's syndrome, may excel in information technology and other careers that require intense concentration and the ability to process large amounts of information from a computer screen.

More information

The U.S. National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke has more about autism.

-- Robert Preidt

SOURCE: Wellcome Trust, news release, March 22, 2012


'/>"/>
Copyright©2010 ScoutNews,LLC.
All rights reserved  

Related medicine news :

1. Some People More Prone to Drinking Blackouts: Study
2. Deaf People Have More Mental Health Problems, Less Access to Care
3. Wine Ratings May Be Meaningless for Most People
4. Pilot program demonstrates measureable benefits for people with schizophrenia
5. New study reveals more people surviving leukaemia and pancreatic cancer in Northern Ireland
6. Drug improves survival and quality of life for people with myelofibrosis
7. Recession and high co-pays tied to fewer colonoscopy screenings among people with health insurance
8. Development of social technology to improve the quality of life of intellectually disabled people
9. More People Need Training in Lifesaving Epinephrine Use, Advocates Say
10. People Pleasers More Prone to Overeating: Study
11. Alzheimers-Linked Brain Plaques May Affect Memory in Healthy People
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
Related Image:
People With Autism May Be Better at Processing Information
(Date:2/13/2016)... Coral Springs, FL (PRWEB) , ... February 13, 2016 , ... ... on the environmental impact of American businesses. , The increasingly modern world of ... rely more often on non-renewable energy sources such as oil and coal, which pollutes ...
(Date:2/13/2016)... Canada (PRWEB) , ... February 13, 2016 , ... In ... foot forward. They’ll groom themselves to perfection, go out of their way to be ... date – just take a look at any online dating profile. , A ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... February 12, 2016 , ... The law firm of Morrow, ... Parishes. The purpose of these scholarships is to encourage applicants to pursue a ... seek employment within these two parishes. , “We have available jobs in St. ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... Falls Church, VA (PRWEB) , ... February 12, ... ... in Store?, Feb. 29, 2016 — 1:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m. EST, ... burner issue in the life cycle of pharmaceutical products, garnering increased attention from ...
(Date:2/12/2016)... ... February 12, 2016 , ... T.E.N., a technology and information ... ISE Southeast Awards 2016. Finalists and winners of the ISE® Awards for both ... and Awards Gala on March 15, 2016 at the Westin Peachtree Plaza, Atlanta. ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):
(Date:2/11/2016)... , Feb. 11, 2016 Potrero Medical, Inc., the ... to announce the appointment of George M. Rapier, III ... San Antonio, TX , WellMed is one of the ... patients and HMO members in Texas ... 1990 out of his own internal medicine practice, he has ...
(Date:2/11/2016)...  MiMedx Group, Inc. (NASDAQ: MDXG ), the ... other birth tissues, human skin and bone, and patent-protected ... products and therapies, announced today that it will present ... in New York , NY.  Parker ... Senken , Chief Financial Officer and Chris Cashman ...
(Date:2/11/2016)... , Feb. 11, 2016  AfterPill.com is reporting ... recommend alcohol abstinence for all women who are at ... the U.S. each year and raises the risks of ... --> According to the Guttmacher Institute, ... of women of child-bearing age, who have sex without ...
Breaking Medicine Technology: