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Motor skill learning in autism  

Although current research efforts have made strides in understanding the social, communication, and movement impairments that define autism, the neurologic basis of the disorder remains unclear. Given that autism is a developmental disorder, insight into its neurologic basis could be gained from careful investigation of processes important for acquiring (i.e., learning) specific skills. The hypothesis of this study is that deficits in procedural learning, particularly learning acquired through imitation, could help to explain the abnormal development of social, communicative, and motor skills characteristic of autism. The goals of this proposal are to determine the common factors underlying motor learning deficits in autism, to examine the relationship of motor learning deficits to the social, communication, and movement impairments that characterize autism, and to investigate the neurologic contributions to these deficits using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Knowledge about the nature of procedural learning deficits in children with autism could provide insights into the neurologic basis of the disorder as well as insights that are potentially useful to help guide behavioral, educational, and other therapeutic interventions. Project Status


Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $454,262.00
Current Award Period 2010-2013
Project Number 2R01NS048527-06A1
Principal Investigator Mostofsky, Stewart
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 Kennedy Krieger Institute
State/Country Maryland
Web Link 1 Motor skill learning in autism (External web link)
Web Link 2 No URL available.
Web Link 3 No URL available.
History/Related Projects Motor skill learning in autism | $332,646.00 | 2009 | 5R01NS048527-05
Motor skill learning in autism | $327,316.00 | 2008 | R01NS048527-04