In contrast to other deficit-oriented theories of autism, the Intense World Theory points out that enhanced brain functioning may lie at the heart of autism. In this light, autistic individuals may in general – and not only in exceptional cases – exhibit enhanced perception, attention, and memory capabilities and it is in fact these capabilities, which may turn the world too intense and even aversive and lead to many of the autistic symptoms including withdrawal and social avoidance.
Scientist have decoded brain processes associated with the subconscious evaluation of social groups. Humans assess each other within milliseconds, deciding whether someone is likeable or not. Researchers have discovered the subconscious processes in the brain and the order in which they occur that determine how humans process social information such as likability or antipathy.