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Project Element Element Description

Project Title

Project Title

Wireless EEG system for training attention and eye movement in ASD

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Townsend, Jeanne

Description

Description

In individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD), higher level problems with social communication develop over the first two years of age and are preceded by abnormal visual attention and motor skills. Training to improve social interaction and communication are the most common of the behavioral interventions applied in ASD. Investigators in this study propose a novel intervention to train the speed and accuracy of attention and eye gaze movements. This training is designed to target attentional behaviors that have been shown to be impaired in autism. Eye movements provide a marker for attention and the proposed training is designed to improve speed, accuracy, and flexibility of eye movement and attention simultaneously. Training will use a series of video games to gradually shape behavior using visual and auditory feedback gathered via neural recording methods called electroencephalography (EEG). Researchers will conduct clinical trials with control conditions (e.g., standard video games without training elements) with a small sample of children with ASD ages 9-15 years. Long term aims of this study include the development of a readily available inexpensive EEG-based system for home use that is suitable for a broad age range of children and adults with ASD.

Funder

Funder

National Institutes of Health

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

271250

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2012-2014

Strategic Plan Question

Strategic Plan Question

Question 4: Which Treatments And Interventions Will Help?

Strategic Plan Objective

Strategic Plan Objective

4O. Not specific to Question 4 objectives

Project Link

Project Link

Wireless EEG system for training attention and eye movement in ASD (External web link)

Institution

Institution

University of California, San Diego

State/Country

State/Country

California

Project Number

Project Number

1R21MH096967-01A1

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Federal

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

N/A

 
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