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Behavioral and functional neuroimaging investigations of visual perception and cognition in autistics  

It has been consistently found that autism is associated with superior sensory perception, independent of social function. Autistics score very highly on tests of perceptual detection and higher-level visual reasoning. Autistics may tend to perceive the world as it is, whereas non-autistics may tend to perceive the world according to their expectations. In this research, Dr. Mottron and his colleagues will examine the neural basis of this enhanced visual perception and reasoning in autistics. They will use functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) and electroencephalograms (EEGs) to image and measure the activity of specific brain regions in autistic subjects during visual problem solving and reasoning tests. Using various tests of visual perception, they will characterize the versatility, scope, and limitations of autistics' enhanced performance on these tests and determine which brain regions and neural pathways are involved. A more complete understanding of autistic individuals' strength in perception and visual reasoning may have important implications with respect to selecting and creating parenting, teaching, and workplace strategies that leverage these abilities. Project Status
ONGOING

2010

Funder Autism Speaks
Fiscal Year Funding $127,168.00
Current Award Period 2008-2011
Project Number 2706
Principal Investigator Mottron, Laurent
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 Université de Montréal
State/Country Canada
Web Link 1 Behavioral and functional neuroimaging investigations of visual perception and cognition in autistics (External web link)
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