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Brain Scans of Children with Autism Show Difficulty with Dueling Sensory Input

May 15, 2014

Using noninvasive brain scans, UCLA researchers showed how the brains of children with autism overreact when presented with competing sensory stimuli - in this case the touch of scratchy wool combined with loud traffic noises. They presented their findings this week at the International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), in Atlanta.

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August 05, 2013

Many persons with autism have sensory difficulties. These include challenges with focusing attention on important information while screening out background activity.