Ventral stream visual processing and the autism spectrum

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[Truncated] The Weak Central Coherence (WCC; Frith & Happé, 1994) theory of autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) posits that individuals with an ASD have difficulty integrating local information to form a coherent global percept. Recent studies have provided evidence for a profile of visual ability in the dorsal visual pathway in ASDs that is consistent with WCC. The over-arching aim of the research reported in this thesis was to determine whether a similar profile of ability extends to the ventral visual pathway for both individuals with an ASD and individuals with high levels of autistic traits within the general population. A literature review, a pilot study and four experimental studies addressed this major aim.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
StateUnpublished - 2009

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