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Characterization of the mirror neuron system in 3-9 month old infants using the BabySQUID imaging system  

This study will evaluate children as they observe and imitate a series of hand gestures as they rest their head on the headrest of a neuroimaging system called BabySQUID. This system will use magnetoencephalography (MEG) to collect brain function data from normally developing children, as well as from children with developmental disorders such as autism, to determine if there are developing parts of the brain that are associated with motion. The research will help determine whether or not abnormal brain function contributes to a child's inability to mimic observed gestures or whether this may have any influence upon social or motor impairments that occur in children diagnosed with autism. The results may provide important information about how observation and performance of an action is generated in the brain. Project Status
ONGOING

2010

Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $5,519.00
Current Award Period 2009-2010
Project Number 5M01RR000997-35
Principal Investigator Annett, Robert
Received ARRA Funding? No
Strategic Plan Question Question 2: How Can I Understand What Is Happening? (Biology)
Subcategory Sensory and Motor Function
Strategic Plan Objective 2O. Not specific to Question 2 objectives
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution University of New Mexico
State/Country New Mexico
Web Link 1 Characterization of the mirror neuron system in 3-9 month old infants using the BabySQUID imaging system (External web link)
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