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Video game environments for the integrative study of perception, attention and social cognition in autism and autism sibs  

In this study, Dr. Belmonte and colleagues will test the hypothesis that the range of symptoms seen in autism can be explained by abnormally strong short-range connections within brain regions, and abnormally weak long-range connections between brain regions. These researchers hypothesize that social and communicative deficits seen in autism are due to weakening of the long-range connections between brain regions, which are necessary to coordinate the activities of these regions. This study will use electroencephalography (EEG) to measure brain activity in autistic children and their siblings, as well as a control group of normal children. Brain activity will be measured both within and between brain regions while the subjects play video games with embedded tests for both high-level and low-level functions, such as attention, executive function, perception, and social cognition. Computational analysis of the activity measured will allow researchers to determine the relative strength of neural connections in different subjects while performing different types of tasks. This research will evaluate a unified hypothesis of brain dysfunction in autism, which may lead to a better understanding of the neural pathways underlying the symptoms of autism. Project Status
ONGOING

2009

Funder Autism Speaks
Fiscal Year Funding $0.00
Project Number 2597
Principal Investigator Belmonte, Matthew
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 1: When Should I Be Concerned? (Diagnosis)
Strategic Plan Objective Green dot: Objective has greater than or equal to the recommended funding. 1SB. Validate and improve the sensitivity and specificity of new or existing screening and diagnostic tools, including comparison of general developmental screening versus autism-specific screening tools, in both high risk and population-based samples through studies of the following community populations that are diverse in terms of age, socio-economic status, race, ethnicity, characteristics of ASD, and general level of functioning by 2012. IACC Recommended Budget: $5,400,000 over 3 years.
Federal or Private? Private
Institution Cornell University
State/Country New York
Web Link 1 Video game environments for the integrative study of perception, attention and social cognition in autism and autism sibs (External web link)
Web Link 2 No URL available.
Web Link 3 No URL available.
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Video game environments for the integrative study of perception, attention and social cognition in autism and autism sibs | $59,984.00 | 2008 | 2597