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Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 1/2008

01-01-2008

Tactile Perception in Adults with Autism: a Multidimensional Psychophysical Study

Auteurs: Carissa Cascio, Francis McGlone, Stephen Folger, Vinay Tannan, Grace Baranek, Kevin A. Pelphrey, Gregory Essick

Gepubliceerd in: Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders | Uitgave 1/2008

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Abstract

Although sensory problems, including unusual tactile sensitivity, are heavily associated with autism, there is a dearth of rigorous psychophysical research. We compared tactile sensation in adults with autism to controls on the palm and forearm, the latter innervated by low-threshold unmyelinated afferents subserving a social/affiliative submodality of somatosensation. At both sites, the groups displayed similar thresholds for detecting light touch and innocuous sensations of warmth and cool, and provided similar hedonic ratings of the pleasantness of textures. In contrast, increased sensitivity to vibration was seen in the autism group on the forearm, along with increased sensitivity to thermal pain at both sites. These findings suggest normal perception along with certain areas of enhanced perception in autism, consistent with previous studies.
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Metagegevens
Titel
Tactile Perception in Adults with Autism: a Multidimensional Psychophysical Study
Auteurs
Carissa Cascio
Francis McGlone
Stephen Folger
Vinay Tannan
Grace Baranek
Kevin A. Pelphrey
Gregory Essick
Publicatiedatum
01-01-2008
Uitgeverij
Springer US
Gepubliceerd in
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders / Uitgave 1/2008
Print ISSN: 0162-3257
Elektronisch ISSN: 1573-3432
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-007-0370-8