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Project Title

Project Title

Expressive crossmodal affect integration in autism

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Black, Lois

Description

Description

Children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have often been observed to express affect (feeling or emotion) either weakly, only in one modality at a time (e.g., choice of words), or in multiple modalities but not in a coordinated fashion. However, studies conducted to date have not conclusively determined whether crossmodal integration of affect expression indeed is impaired in ASD and what its detailed behavioral characteristics are. The goal of the project is to detail crossmodal integration of affect expression in ASD (with typical children and children with developmental language disorder as comparison groups) using an innovative method in which researchers independently measure affect expression in multiple expressive modalities (i.e., facial, gestural, and vocal). Findings from this study could provide a detailed picture of impairments in affect in ASD, deepening the understanding of impairments in social reciprocity and providing a basis for future studies to specifically target brain areas responsible for affect expression or design remedial programs for intensive training of under-used or uncoordinated expressive modalities. This study thus contributes to autism etiology, diagnosis, and treatment.

Funder

Funder

National Institutes of Health

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

230998

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

1O. Not specific to Question 1 objectives

Project Link

Project Link

Expressive crossmodal affect integration in autism (External web link)

Institution

Institution

Oregon Health and Science University

State/Country

State/Country

Oregon

Project Number

Project Number

1R21DC010239-01

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Federal

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

Yes

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Expressive crossmodal affect integration in autism | 191367 | 2010 | 5R21DC010239-02

 
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