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Connectivity in social brain systems in autism  

Autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) are brain-based developmental disorders, but their specific neural bases are not yet understood. Studies investigating both social brain theories and interconnectivity theories of ASD have obtained mixed results, reflecting the heterogeneity observed in the clinical phenotype. This research studies the brain bases for social difficulties in autism by examining the integrity of brain systems supporting face perception and imitation. Researchers will use electrophysiological techniques in autistic patients to measure brain activity during face perception. By understanding patterns of connectivity in these brain circuits, the study may shed light on causes of the disorder, ways to identify the disorder at younger ages, and avenues for treatment. Project Status


Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $255,300.00
Current Award Period 2010-2012
Project Number 1R21MH091309-01
Principal Investigator McPartland, James
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 1: When Should I Be Concerned? (Diagnosis)
Subcategory Early Signs and Biomarkers
Strategic Plan Objective 1O. Not specific to Question 1 objectives
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution Yale University
State/Country Connecticut
Web Link 1 Connectivity in social brain systems in autism (External web link)
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