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Expressive crossmodal affect integration in autism  

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have often been observed to express affect (feeling or emotion) either weakly, only in one modality at a time (e.g., choice of words), or in multiple modalities but not in a coordinated fashion. However, studies conducted to date have not conclusively determined whether crossmodal integration of affect expression indeed is impaired in ASD and what its detailed behavioral characteristics are. The goal of the project is to detail crossmodal integration of affect expression in ASD (with typical children and children with developmental language disorder as comparison groups) using an innovative method in which researchers independently measure affect expression in multiple expressive modalities (i.e., facial, gestural, and vocal). Findings from this study could provide a detailed picture of impairments in affect in ASD, deepening the understanding of impairments in social reciprocity and providing a basis for future studies to specifically target brain areas responsible for affect expression or design remedial programs for intensive training of under-used or uncoordinated expressive modalities. This study thus contributes to autism etiology, diagnosis, and treatment. Project Status


Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $191,367.00
Current Award Period 2009-2011
Project Number 5R21DC010239-02
Principal Investigator Black, Lois
Received ARRA Funding? Yes
Strategic Plan Question Question 1: When Should I Be Concerned? (Diagnosis)
Subcategory Symptomology
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? Federal
Institution Oregon Health & Science University
State/Country Oregon
Web Link 1 Expressive crossmodal affect integration in autism (External web link)
Web Link 2 No URL available.
Web Link 3 No URL available.
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