It's Not Disorganisation, It's Reorganisation

A recent research study has revealed that the brain areas that in autistic people, the brain areas that deal with visual information are highly developed. That may explain why some autistic people have extraordinary abilities to perform some types of visual tasks, such as drawing and remembering objects in detail.

With brain areas that process visual information being highly developed, that leaves less capacity in brain areas which deal with decision-making and planning.

The study by University of Montreal scientists counters the common belief that autism is a form of disorganisation.

"The natural tendency is to think that autism is a form of disorganisation," said Dr Laurent Mottron from the University of Montreal. "Here, what we see is that it is a reorganisation of the brain."

What Dr Mottron said echoes well with what the book The Brain that Changes Itself by Norman Doidge has been stressing - the amazing plasticity of the brain. In the next few days, I will be highlighting the main points from the excellent book.

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