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Linguistic perspective-taking in adults with high-functioning autism: Investigation of the mirror neuron system  

The mirror neuron system (MNS) is thought to be a part of the brain that is important for understanding the behaviors and intentions of others. Because autistic people generally have difficulties in understanding other people's intentions, it is hypothesized that the MNS may be dysfunctional in autism. To understand another person's intentions, we put ourselves in their shoes; this process is called perspective-taking. The present study will examine the activity of the MNS in autistic adults while they are engaged in a perspective-taking task involving the use of pronouns. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), the MNS will be observed during this task to determine whether abnormal activation in the autistic brain is associated with difficulties in perspective-taking. Determining whether the mirror neuron system is involved in linguistic perspective-taking in autism may provide insight into the neurological basis of social deficits in autism. Project Status
ONGOING

2010

Funder Autism Speaks
Fiscal Year Funding $25,570.00
Current Award Period 2009-2011
Project Number 4868
Principal Investigator Mizuno, Akiko
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 2: How Can I Understand What Is Happening? (Biology)
Subcategory Neural Systems
Strategic Plan Objective 2O. Not specific to Question 2 objectives
Federal or Private? Private
Institution Carnegie Mellon University
State/Country Pennsylvania
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