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By Olga Bogdashina

During this clever and incisive ebook, Olga Bogdashina explores previous and new theories of sensory belief and conversation in autism. Drawing on linguistics, philosophy, neuroscience, psychology, anthropology and quantum mechanics, she seems at how the character of the senses tell an individual's view of the area, and the way language either displays and constructs that view. reading the 'whys' and 'hows' of the senses, and the function of language, Olga Bogdashina demanding situations universal perceptions of what it ability to be 'normal' and 'abnormal'. In doing so she exhibits that autism might help to light up our figuring out of what it skill to be human, and of the way we advance schools that form our cognition, language, and behavior. within the ultimate bankruptcy, she explores phenomena usually linked to the mystical - together with premonitions, telepathy and deja vu - and indicates that those can principally be defined in typical phrases. This publication will entice an individual with a private or specialist curiosity in autism, together with scholars and researchers, medical practitioners, participants at the autism spectrum and their households, lecturers, speech and occupational therapists, and different pros.

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Filtering Model / 43 4. For a review of sensory gating deficits in relation to the cognitive functions of attention, processing speed and working memory see Potter et al. 2006. Though there are very few studies yet investigating this phenomenon in autism, targeting sensory gating deficits in individuals with ASDs may significantly improve their quality of life by relieving them from excessive sensory stimulation and improving cognitive function (Baruth et al. In press). 5. Similar experiments conducted in the 1950s by Canadian psychologist Donald Hebb (Brown and Milner 2003) had to be abandoned after some volunteers were unable to endure a complete sensory deprivation for more than 48 hours.

Babies are exposed to a blaring television, loud music, blasting radio, ringing phones, fluorescent lights. The world of the majority has become desensitized, and needs higher stimulation to notice sensations. It leaves the vulnerable minority, not equipped with filtering systems, in a constant struggle to survive a kind of ‘sensory torture’. Instead of protecting them, we expose them from early life to excessive overstimulation: Today’s fast paced, techno-driven world is louder and busier than the world I grew up in.

Huxley shows the effects of mescalin on brain functioning (which do not include the interference in intellectual functioning) as follows: The ability to remember and to ‘think straight’ is little if at all reduced…[unlike under the influence of alcohol]. Visual impressions are greatly intensified and the eye recovers some of the perceptual innocence of childhood, when the sensum was not immediately and automatically subordinated to the concept. 12) 50 / AUTISM AND THE EDGES OF THE KNOWN WORLD There are some side-effects of mescalin, such as, for example, withdrawal and loss of interest in the outside world, while: [the] ego grows weak, he can’t be bothered to undertake the necessary chores, and loses all interest in those spatial and temporal relationships which mean so much to an organism bent on getting on in the world.

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