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Perception of social and physical contingencies in infants with ASD  

The ability to diagnose and treat individuals with ASD relies on the development of effective practical tools for quantifying and remedying the social and communicative disabilities that characterize this group. Using eye-tracking technology, the researchers in this project are developing methods to test visual attention to social stimuli in 3 groups of infants (ages 12-24 months): typically developing (TD) infants, infants with autism, and non-autistic developmentally delayed (DD) infants. Quantifying differences in visual scanning behavior in these infants will provide unique insights into the ways in which individuals with autism search for meaning in their immediate sensory environment and may potentially provide tools for diagnosis and treatment at a very early age. The long-term objective of this research is to develop the eye-tracking paradigm into a laboratory-based test for social disability. Project Status


Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $413,750.00
Project Number 1R01MH083712-01A1
Principal Investigator Klin, Ami
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 Yale University
State/Country Connecticut
Web Link 1 Perception of social and physical contingencies in infants with ASD (External web link)
Web Link 2 No URL available.
Web Link 3 No URL available.
History/Related Projects Perception of social and physical contingencies in infants with ASD | $413,750.00 | 2010 | 5R01MH083712-02