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Multiple social tasks and social adjustment  

The purpose of this project is to assess individual differences in social intelligence by applying the concept of working memory and its framework to the area of social intelligence. A new social intelligence task will be developed using a computer test in which individuals will be asked to identify (1) facial expressions in still photos and (2) the feelings of interviewees in short video clips under simulated social interactions. Several studies will be conducted to determine the validity, generalizability, and predictive and discriminant capability of this Multiple Social Tasks (MST) assessment. The generalizability tests will explore the association between social working memory and social skills with adult community samples that consist of a wide range of ages and diverse ethnic backgrounds among individuals. If the validity of the MST is successfully established through these studies, this new test can be a useful tool to reevaluate a spectrum of interpersonal adjustment problems including social impairment in high-functioning autism or Asperger's. The results of this project can also facilitate the development of innovative intervention programs that promote social skills. Project Status


Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $144,875.00
Project Number 1SC2MH087466-01A1
Principal Investigator Kang, Sun-Mee
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 1: When Should I Be Concerned? (Diagnosis)
Strategic Plan Objective Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 1LB. Develop at least five measures of behavioral and/or biological heterogeneity in children or adults with ASD, beyond variation in intellectual disability, that clearly relate to etiology and risk, treatment response and/or outcome by 2015. IACC Recommended Budget: $71,100,000 over 5 years.
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution California State University, Northridge
State/Country California
Web Link 1 Multiple social tasks and social adjustment (External web link)
Web Link 2 No URL available.
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History/Related Projects Multiple social tasks and social adjustment | $145,000.00 | 2010 | 5SC2MH087466-02