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Emotion-modulated psychophysiology of autism spectrum disorders  

Social-cognitive deficits and restricted, repetitive behaviors are core autism symptoms, and they may both be characterized by dysregulated goal-directed responses to affective stimuli, such as situations that typically evoke emotion. In this project, ASD individuals will be exposed to various stimuli (i.e. neutral, emotional, and social stimuli) and their motivational responses will be evaluated using painless, noninvasive psychophysiological measures. The information learned from this study will add to the understanding of the pathophysiology of autism. In the future, the psychophysiological measures studied in this project could be evaluated for their utility as diagnostic tests or biomarkers of treatment response. Project Status


Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $258,981.00
Project Number 1R21MH085254-01A1
Principal Investigator Dichter, Gabriel
Received ARRA Funding? Yes
Strategic Plan Question Question 1: When Should I Be Concerned? (Diagnosis)
Strategic Plan Objective 1O. Not specific to Question 1 objectives
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
State/Country North Carolina
Web Link 1 Emotion-modulated psychophysiology of autism spectrum disorders (External web link)
Web Link 2 No URL available.
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History/Related Projects Emotion-modulated psychophysiology of autism spectrum disorders | $156,781.00 | 2010 | 5R21MH085254-02