Children with autism see simple movement twice as quickly as other children their age, according to a new study.
Scientists think this this hypersensitivity to motion may provide clues to what causes the disorder.
The findings may explain why some people suffering with autism are sensitive to bright lights and loud noises.
‘We think of autism as a social disorder because children with this condition often struggle with social interactions, but what we sometimes neglect is that almost everything we know about the world comes from our senses.
'Abnormalities in how a person sees or hears can have a profound effect on social communication,' says Duje Tadin, one of the lead authors on the study and an assistant professor of brain and cognitive sciences at the University of Rochester.