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Functional MRI of attention regulation in people with and without autism  

This research takes a cognitive neuroscience analytic approach to investigating autism. Normal cognitive functioning requires appropriate regulation of attention in the service of goal directed behavior. The study examines the neural basis of attention regulation in high functioning autistic and healthy children and adults, in two domains, social and non-social. Neural systems subserving attention to social cues differ from those subserving attention to non-social cues. Both social and non-social attention deficits are observed in autism. Few studies, however, have directly compared attentional regulation in social and non-social domains. Therefore, it is unknown whether social or non-social attention is disproportionately impaired in autism. Knowledge from the proposed study will be clinically significant for specifying neurocognitive diagnostic criteria that are specific to autism relative to other developmental disorders involving attentional dysregulation.


Funder National Institutes of Health
Fiscal Year Funding $22,831.00
Project Number M01RR023942-02
Principal Investigator Vaidya, Chandan
Strategic Plan Question Question 2: How Can I Understand What Is Happening? (Biology)
Strategic Plan Objective Yellow dot: Objective has some degree of funding, but less than the recommended amount. 2.5 Complete a large-scale, multi-disciplinary, collaborative project that longitudinally and comprehensively examines how the biological, clinical, and developmental profiles of children, with a special emphasis on females, youths, and adults with ASD change over time as compared to typically developing people by 2020. IACC Recommended Budget: $126,200,000 over 12 years.
Federal or Private? Federal
Institution Georgetown University
State/Country District of Columbia
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History/Related Projects Functional MRI of attention regulation in people with and without autism | $3,452.00 | 2009 | 5M01RR023942-03