The typical brain maps and perceives information differently from the autistic brain. Recent research from the Neuroscience Center at The Scripps Research Institute (TSRI) recently explored these differences in a study authored by Hollis Cline, professor of Neuroscience.
The study was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences and demonstrated how understanding the brain’s learning patterns and adaptions movement movement could have implications for treating sensory processing disorders in autism.
We all interact with movement in a variety of ways. Driving to work or taking the subway are just two brief examples of how we daily and routinely interact with movement. The brain learns and adapts to the forward direction of movement, while moving backwards rapidly feels unnatural.
The study explored the relationship between neurons in the eye and the brain, demonstrating that the brain is more complicated that previously thought. The study also stated that the “the order in which we see things could help the brain calibrate how we perceive time, as well as the objects around us.”
Previously, studies have demonstrated that typically people create a visual system that is an internal map of their world. The map is created through the sensing process built around the “optic flow” objects are perceived.
Cline stated that what feels natural to the human brain is only what the human brain has learned.
The study examined the brains mapping of objects related to the brain’s perception of time and explored the link between time and space in the visual system. The researchers also believe that these findings from this study might also have implications for hearing and sense of touch.
The researchers believe that this study could potentially have positive implications for patients with sensory and temporal processing disorders. This includes autism. The implications of the study could offer new possibilities for retraining the brain to map the world correctly.