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ACE Center: Gaze perception abnormalities in infants with ASD  

This grant provides support for an NIH Autism Center of Excellence (ACE). Deficits in making eye contact and limited ability to benefit from communicative and affective information provided through gaze are amongst the defining features of autism spectrum disorders (ASD) in the second and third year. This study will examine whether infants with ASD have impaired detection of and preference for faces with direct gaze in an attempt to discover behavioral markers of ASD in 12-24 month old infants, which could subsequently be utilized to develop feasible screening methods for infants. Further, identification of the aspects of gaze processing that are impaired and those that are preserved in ASD will provide valuable indicators regarding the neural mechanisms that might be affected or preserved in late infancy, a period in which functional brain imaging is still very difficult to implement. Project Status


Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $307,065.00
Project Number 5P50MH081756-02
Principal Investigator Chawarska, Katarzyna
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. 1LA. Identify behavioral and biological markers that separately, or in combination, accurately identify, before age 2, one or more subtypes of children at risk for developing ASD by 2014. IACC Recommended Budget: $33,300,000 over 5 years.
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution Yale University
State/Country Connecticut
Web Link 1 ACE Center: Gaze perception abnormalities in infants with ASD (External web link)
Web Link 2 No URL available.
Web Link 3 No URL available.
History/Related Projects ACE Center: Gaze perception abnormalities in infants with ASD | $304,365.00 | 2010 | 5P50MH081756-03