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Neural correlates of social exchange and valuation in autism  

Recent advances in brain imaging techniques mean that it is now possible to examine how the brain is functioning when an individual carries out a social 'task' or exchange. Hyperscan functional magnetic resonance imaging (h-fMRI), i.e., the simultaneous measurement of brain activity in two socially interacting people, is an important development for autism research. The present study aims to combine computational approaches with functional brain imaging to examine how the neural systems involved in social interactions go awry to yield the social deficits seen in autism spectrum disorders. Specifically, a social exchange task called an iterated Trust game and h-fMRI will be used to characterize neural and behavioral responses to social signals in individuals with autism as they participate in dynamic social exchanges with a human partner. The study will also use a 'computer partner' to examine differences in the sensitivity of individuals with autism spectrum disorder to signals of social reciprocity - the computer partner will be made to vary its responses from 'human-like and socially responsive' to 'random and not socially-responsive.' Project Status


Funder Autism Speaks
Fiscal Year Funding $127,487.00
Current Award Period 2007-2010
Project Number 1947
Principal Investigator Montague, P. Read
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 Baylor College of Medicine
State/Country Texas
Web Link 1 Neural correlates of social exchange and valuation in autism (External web link)
Web Link 2 No URL available.
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History/Related Projects Neural correlates of social exchange and valuation in autism | $149,985.00 | 2009 | 1947
Neural correlates of social exchange and valuation in autism | $150,000.00 | 2008 | 1947