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Are we all born with synaesthesia? – Shruti Ravindran – Aeon

Are we all born with synaesthesia? – Shruti Ravindran – Aeon | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
It makes letters colourised and numbers pulsate with cosmic time: a rare gift, or are we all on the synaesthetic spectrum?
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Are we closet synaesthetes?  Very wide ranging article on this intriguing skill.

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» Autism and Magic - Channel N

» Autism and Magic - Channel N | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it
A story found that people with ASD were more subsceptible to visual illusions than controls.
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Guest blog: Zeroing in on illusions in eye-gaze research — SFARI.org - Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative

Guest blog: Zeroing in on illusions in eye-gaze research — SFARI.org - Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

Eye-tracking technology has been a popular way of investigating social behavior related to eye gaze in people with autism over the past ten years. Its ability to noninvasively track their focus of attentionduring social situations has made it a particularly attractive technique, and one that can be used in individuals of all ages

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Some very interesting results of a study about where people look when they are looking at other people or at movies.

Also punctures some ideas about people with autism and where they gaze under theses circumstances.

 

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BPS Research Digest: Children with autism are less susceptible to the rubber hand illusion

BPS Research Digest: Children with autism are less susceptible to the rubber hand illusion | The brain and illusions | Scoop.it

The ability to tell where our bodies end and the rest of the world begins comes so naturally we tend not to give it much thought. In fact the brain mechanisms underlying bodily-identity are a vital part of basic social functioning. Given that social difficulties are a central part of autism, a team of US researchers led by Carissa Cascio wondered whether autism might be associated with differences in these basic mechanisms underlying body ownership.

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