Gist perception in adolescents with and without ASD: Ultra-rapid categorization of meaningful real-life scenes
• Less efficient (more explicit) categorization of gist information in ASD.
• Long-lasting difficulties in rapid social categorization in individuals with ASD.
• Age-dependent improvement in general categorization ability in ASD.
‘At first my observations took an abstract and generalizing turn. I looked at the passengers in masses, and thought of them in their aggregate relations. Soon, however, I descended to details, and regarded with minute interest the innumerable varieties of figure, dress, air, gait, visage, and expression of countenance. – from “The Man of the Crowd” (1845) by Edgar Allan Poe