Internet Test Reveals Unique Strengths in Autistic Individuals: People with autism do not interact socially in the same way that people without autism do. Cognitive and verbal impediments that accompany autism often make interactions with other people very challenging for autistic individuals. This barrier can make research on autism difficult to conduct.
To overcome this obstacle, Jennifer L. Stevenson of the Department of Psychology at Ursinus College in Pennsylvania recently led an internet-based study involving 72 individuals with autism and 72 without. The goal of her study was to determine if spatial perception, a process suggested to be enhanced in individuals with autism, differed significantly between the two groups, and also to see how spatial abilities were related to verbal and numerical skills in the participants.