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Coherence and temporal dynamics in auditory cortex of children with autism  

The auditory cortex is the brain region that processes sound (auditory) information. Language impairments in autism may be driven by early stage auditory cortical processing abnormalities and reduced neural connectivity between early auditory cortex and language areas. The objectives of this project are to characterize auditory processing deficits in autism, to measure functional connectivity across brain regions that process auditory information, and to investigate the correlations between the extent of functional auditory processing impairments and clinically determined language skills, as well as severity of the autism. The project will also combine magnetoencephalography (MEG) data that measures the magnetic fields generated by electrical currents of neurons in the brain with anatomical magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) data in order to correlate tissue and functional abnormalities. This project aims to integrate functional and neuroanatomical studies of the neural substrates of autism to improve understanding of the brain dysfunctions that cause the disorder. This could contribute to the development of more effective treatments and, perhaps, approaches to allow for biological, rather than behavioral, and thus earlier, diagnosis. Project Status
ONGOING

2009

Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $88,292.00
Project Number 5R03MH080165-02
Principal Investigator Kenet, Tal
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 Massachusetts General Hospital
State/Country Massachusetts
Web Link 1 Coherence and temporal dynamics in auditory cortex of children with autism (External web link)
Web Link 2 No URL available.
Web Link 3 No URL available.
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