Vision in autism spectrum disorders

David R. Simmons (Lead / Corresponding author), Ashley E. Robertson, Lawrie McKay, Erin Toal, Phil McAleer, Frank E. Pollick

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Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are developmental disorders which are thought primarily to affect social functioning. However, there is now a growing body of evidence that unusual sensory processing is at least a concomitant and possibly the cause of many of the behavioural signs and symptoms of ASD. A comprehensive and critical review of the phenomenological, empirical, neuroscientific and theoretical literature pertaining to visual processing in ASD is presented, along with a brief justification of a new theory which may help to explain some of the data, and link it with other current hypotheses about the genetic and neural aetiologies of this enigmatic condition.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)2705-2739
Number of pages35
JournalVision Research
Issue number22
Publication statusPublished - 10 Nov 2009


  • Autism
  • Autism spectrum disorders
  • Clinical vision

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Ophthalmology
  • Sensory Systems


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