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The neural substrates of social interactions  

This is an individual National Research Service Award for pre-doctoral research training, which provides support for promising doctoral candidates who will be performing dissertation research and training in a scientific health-related field. Many mental health disorders (e.g., autism, schizophrenia, major depressive disorder) are associated with impairments in communication, emotion processing, and social functioning. The aim of this research proposal is to examine the neural systems necessary for interpersonal coordination, a process important for effective and efficient communication and emotion processing, and involves the ways in which people coordinate and adapt the timing and similarity of their behaviors during social interaction (e.g., when to talk or gaze; adopting similar postures and facial expressions). The proposed studies will be conducted with brain injured individuals with stable and circumscribed lesions, which enable characterization of the specific brain regions necessary for interpersonal coordination. The second aim of this study will develop ecologically valid methods for the rehabilitation and treatment of interpersonal coordination impairments in brain-damaged individuals, which may positively influence social communication and can be adapted for other clinical populations. Better understanding of the neural and psychological mechanisms underlying this important process for communication, empathy, and developing rapport can better inform the mechanisms and treatment of complex mental health disorders such as autism and schizophrenia. Project Status


Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $27,327.00
Current Award Period 2010-2012
Project Number 1F31MH092997-01
Principal Investigator Gupta, Rupa
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? Federal
Institution University of Iowa
State/Country Iowa
Web Link 1 The neural substrates of social interactions (External web link)
Web Link 2 No URL available.
Web Link 3 No URL available.
History/Related Projects N/A