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May 22, 2012

Understanding how the autistic brain functions

Tuesday 22 May 2012

How much do we know about autism? Many of us have come across it only in movies like ‘Rain Man’ or ‘My Name is Khan’. Bharathi Prabhu explains autism, and the anatomical differences in the brains of people with autism.

Imagine not being able to perceive your body unless you are constantly moving or get wet. Imagine too what it would be if you could only hear or see or smell at a time but not do all three or even any two simultaneously. Think what it would be like to be oversensitive to sensory input.

A hug would then send you into a tizzy, and we are not referring to a pleasant sensation here. A loud noise would hurt your ears badly and you would want to withdraw into a shell. This is how people with autism perceive sensations. And these accounts have come from people with autism who can talk about their condition. [ READ MORE ]

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