This study investigates the nuanced realm of aesthetic preferences among individuals with Autism Spectrum Condition (ASC) compared to neurotypical individuals, addressing a significant gap in understanding the diverse perceptual experiences within the neurodiverse community. The impetus for this study stems from the growing recognition of neurodiversity and the need to appreciate how individuals with ASC uniquely experience and interpret their environment, particularly in the context of aesthetics. Employing a dual-method approach, the research integrates data from comprehensive surveys and in-depth interviews to construct a comparative analysis of aesthetic preferences and experiences. Participants encompassed a broad demographic spectrum, ensuring a diverse and representative sample. The results are revelatory, highlighting stark contrasts in aesthetic appreciation and sensory processing between the ASC and neurotypical groups. Individuals with ASC exhibited distinct aesthetic inclinations, differing markedly from neurotypical preferences across various sensory stimuli. These findings are not indicative of mere deviations from a normative baseline but rather represent a rich, alternative perspective of sensory and aesthetic experience intrinsic to the neurodiverse population. This study not only enhances our understanding of autistic aesthetics but also signals the necessity for future research to embrace and incorporate these divergent preferences, underscoring the importance of neurodiversity in enriching the collective human experience of beauty and art.

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