How does sensorimotor control differ in Autism Spectrum Disorder during interception movements?
We are using a virtual interception task to investigate how movement is controlled by autistic people, a population who often experience difficulties in motor coordination and learning. Through using our VR technology and expertise, we can both control and systematically manipulate environmental conditions within the task, allowing us to isolate precise sensorimotor mechanisms linked with movement.
This study is part of the PhD of Tom Arthur, funded through the South West Doctoral Training Partnership (in affiliation with the Economic and Social Research Council) which is looking to change the way that movement-based skills are taught.
Our findings will help us better understand the aetiology of sensorimotor difficulties in autism, so that future coaching and management strategies can be developed.