Neurobiology of sensory processing in autism spectrum disorder

Phoebe Pui Pui Cheung, Benson Wui Man Lau

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Altered sensory processing and perception has been one of the characteristics of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). In this chapter, we review the neural underpinnings of sensory abnormalities of ASD by examining the literature on clinical, behavioral and neurobiological evidence that underlies the main patterns of sensory integration function and dysfunction. Furthermore, neural differences in anatomy, function and connectivity of different regions underlying sensory processing are also discussed. We conclude that sensory integration intervention is built on the premise of neuroplasticity to improve function and behavior for individuals with ASD.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProgress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science
EditorsMirolyuba Ilieva, Way Kwok-Wai Lau
PublisherElsevier B.V.
Number of pages21
ISBN (Print)9780128212424
Publication statusPublished - 13 May 2020

Publication series

NameProgress in Molecular Biology and Translational Science
ISSN (Print)1877-1173
ISSN (Electronic)1878-0814


  • Autism spectrum disorder
  • Neuroscience
  • Sensory integration
  • Sensory processing

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Molecular Medicine
  • Molecular Biology


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