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Neural mechanisms of attentional networks in autism  

Although attention is involved in all cognitive functions as the basis for voluntary control of thoughts, feelings, and actions, few studies have proposed that the cognitive deficits in autism may develop as secondary consequences of fundamental abnormalities of attention or compensatory strategies for such abnormalities. The long-term goal of this research is to fully characterize the attentional mechanisms in autism using the Attention Network Test (ANT) as well as structural and functional neuroimaging. Together, these methods will explore the functions of all types of attention (alerting, orienting, and executive control), interactions among these attentional functions, and the functional brain activity and connectivity of the networks facilitating these functions in autism. Characterization of attentional mechanisms in autism may link attentional deficits in the disorder to effective treatment options. Project Status


Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $490.00
Project Number 5M01RR000071-46
Principal Investigator Fan, Jin
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 2: How Can I Understand What Is Happening? (Biology)
Strategic Plan Objective 2O. Not specific to Question 2 objectives
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution Mount Sinai School of Medicine
State/Country New York
Web Link 1 Neural mechanisms of attentional networks in autism (External web link)
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History/Related Projects Neural mechanisms of attentional networks in autism | $2,282.00 | 2008 | M01RR000071-45