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Variability in the Visual Perception of Human Motion as a Function of the Observer’s Autistic Traits

Martha D. Kaiser and Maggie Shiffrar

in People Watching

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780195393705
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780199979271 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195393705.003.0010

Series: Oxford Series in Visual Cognition

Variability in the Visual Perception of Human Motion as a Function of the Observer’s Autistic Traits

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Typical observers exhibit a remarkable sensitivity to the social information conveyed by the body motions of others. Scholars have asserted that successful social behavior depends on successful social perceptions, yet observers of these motions naturally vary in their social skills. This chapter explores how natural variability in social skills—specifically for observers with autism spectrum disorders—provides insights into the relation between social skills and social behaviors by exploring the relation between visual sensitivity and social capabilities.

Keywords: social skills; social behaviors; autism spectrum disorder; visual sensitivity; social capabilities; local processing bias; perception of human movement; neurodevelopmental disorders; categorization; detection of human motion; masked point-light displays; coherent motion; emotion; autistic aloneness

Chapter.  10791 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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