Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC) and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) are prevalent neurodevelopmental conditions. Evidence suggests that both are characterised by differences in sensory experience and sensory processing, and that there is a high level of co-occurrence between the two conditions. This co-occurrence, coupled with differences in sensory processing in both cases, raises the issue how distinct these disorders are – a critical question for diagnosis, treatment and prognosis. The proposed project will investigate sensory processing in individuals with ADHD, ASD or both, using a psychophysical approach and questionnaire measures. The project goal will be to identify at what level in sensory processing complexity individuals with ASC and ADHD differ from neurotypical individuals, whether these levels differ between the conditions, and if they do, how fundamental differences in sensory processing engender higher level differences in sensory experience. Determining areas of common and unique difference will give clues as to the shared and distinct substrates underlying the conditions and help to answer the ultimate question of whether ADHD and ASD can be considered to be two disorders or one.
Biological Sciences (4)Psychology (31)
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Panagiotidi M, Overton PG, Stafford T. (2019) Co-occurrence of ASD and ADHD traits in an adult population. Journal of Attention Disorders, 23, 1407-1415. Panagiotidi M, Overton PG, Stafford T. (2018) The relationship between ADHD traits and sensory sensitivity in the general population. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 80: 179-185.
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