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Cognitive control and social engagement among younger siblings of children with autism  

This study is designed to examine the associations between early cognitive and attentional processes and socialization skills among preschool-aged younger siblings of children with autism. The neural mechanisms of attentional control are especially important to understand, as it appears that these skills can be changed through behavioral training. Working with siblings of autistic children, these experiments will test the hypothesis that the greater amount of cognitive control and attention exhibited by a child, the more self-regulatory and prosocial behaviors the child will exhibit when they are socially engaged. To measure attention and cognitive control (the effort it takes to inhibit a response), the predoctoral fellow will use electroencephalography/event-related potential (EEG/ERP) to measure brain activity in regions known to be involved in these processes. The children will also be tested for various behavioral aspects of social engagement in order to determine whether there is an association between these behaviors and the degree of cognitive and attention control. Understanding the relationship between attention control and social behaviors may help in our ability to improve interventions directed at these processes. Project Status
ONGOING

2010

Funder Autism Speaks
Fiscal Year Funding $0.00
Current Award Period 2008-2010
Project Number 4742
Principal Investigator Mohapatra, Leena
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 1: When Should I Be Concerned? (Diagnosis)
Subcategory Early Signs and Biomarkers
Strategic Plan Objective Green dot: Objective has greater than or equal to the recommended funding. 1LC. Identify and develop measures to assess at least three "continuous dimensions" (i.e., social reciprocity, communication disorders, and repetitive/restrictive behaviors) of ASD symptoms and severity that can be used by practitioners and/or families to assess response to intervention for people with ASD across the lifespan by 2016. IACC Recommended Budget: $18,500,000 over 5 years.
Federal or Private? Private
Institution University of Miami
State/Country Florida
Web Link 1 Cognitive control and social engagement among younger siblings of children with autism (External web link)
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