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Project Title

Project Title

Attentional distribution and word learning in children with autism

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Tenenbaum, Elena

Description

Description

This study will investigate how children with autism attend to information when learning new words and how that attention might affect their language development. We know from previous research that children with autism tend to look at social scenes differently than their typically developing peers. Recent research with typically developing children suggests that the way a child looks at social scenes can predict successful language development. To explore the possibility that attention to social scenes among autistic children might be affecting their language development, we will conduct an eye tracking study of visual attention in a word learning task. Children will watch videos of a person labeling new objects while we track their attention to the scene. We will then test the child’s recognition of the newly learned words and compare their success to their patterns of attention to the word learning scenes. We will also investigate whether their ability to learn new words in the lab relates to their language development outside of the lab. It is our hope that the information we obtain in this study will lead to the development of new interventions for facilitating language learning in children with autism.

Funder

Funder

Autism Science Foundation

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

0

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2010-2011

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 2: How Can I Understand What Is Happening?

Strategic Plan Objective

Strategic Plan Objective

2O. Not specific to Question 2 objectives

Project Link

Project Link

Attentional distribution and word learning in children with autism (External web link)

Institution

Institution

Brown University

State/Country

State/Country

Rhode Island

Project Number

Project Number

N/A

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Private

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Attentional distribution and word learning in children with autism | 40000 | 2010 | n/a

 
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