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Project Title

Project Title

Video game environments for the integrative study of perception, attention and social cognition in autism and autism sibs

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Belmonte, Matthew

Description

Description

In this study, Dr. Belmonte and colleagues will test the hypothesis that the range of symptoms seen in autism can be explained by abnormally strong short-range connections within brain regions, and abnormally weak long-range connections between brain regions. These researchers hypothesize that social and communicative deficits seen in autism are due to weakening of the long-range connections between brain regions, which are necessary to coordinate the activities of these regions. This study will use electroencephalography (EEG) to measure brain activity in autistic children and their siblings, as well as a control group of normal children. Brain activity will be measured both within and between brain regions while the subjects play video games with embedded tests for both high-level and low-level functions, such as attention, executive function, perception, and social cognition. Computational analysis of the activity measured will allow researchers to determine the relative strength of neural connections in different subjects while performing different types of tasks. This research will evaluate a unified hypothesis of brain dysfunction in autism, which may lead to a better understanding of the neural pathways underlying the symptoms of autism.

Funder

Funder

Autism Speaks

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

0

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

na

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 1: When Should I Be Concerned?

Strategic Plan Objective

Strategic Plan Objective

Green dot: Objective has greater than or equal to the recommended funding. 1SB. Validate and improve the sensitivity and specificity of new or existing screening and diagnostic tools, including comparison of general developmental screening versus autism-specific screening tools, in both high risk and population-based samples through studies of the following community populations that are diverse in terms of age, socio-economic status, race, ethnicity, characteristics of ASD, and general level of functioning by 2012. IACC Recommended Budget: $5,400,000 over 3 years.

Project Link

Project Link

Video game environments for the integrative study of perception, attention and social cognition in autism and autism sibs (External web link)

Institution

Institution

Cornell University

State/Country

State/Country

New York

Project Number

Project Number

2597

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Private

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Video game environments for the integrative study of perception, attention and social cognition in autism and autism sibs | 0 | 2010 | 2597
Video game environments for the integrative study of perception, attention and social cognition in autism and autism sibs | 59984 | 2008 | 2597

 
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