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Project Title

Project Title

Social and affective components of communication

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Bellugi, Ursula

Description

Description

Children with neurodevelopmental disorders often have significant impairments in social adaptation and social communication, which impact their relationships with others. This research will examine the neural, psychophysiplogical, and information processing bases of major differences in social affective behavior in children with neurodevelopmental disorders of different nature and origin. The populations studied include genetically based Williams syndrome (WS), behaviorally defined High Functioning Autism (HFA), and Language Impairment (LI), as well as children with Early Unilateral Focal Lesions (FL). These groups will be contrasted with typically developing (TD) controls. In addition to characterizing sociability and temperament across all groups, the study will evaluate information processing of social vs. non-social, visual, and auditory affective stimuli. Part of the research will also include examining the integrity of neural systems underlying social-affective behavior using high-resolution brain imaging. Collectively, these studies will help understanding of the interrelationships of the social and affective components of communication and their underpinnings, which may contribute to better-informed treatment methods in the future.

Funder

Funder

National Institutes of Health

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

317715

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2008-2013

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

Social and affective components of communication (External web link)

Institution

Institution

Salk Institute For Biological Studies

State/Country

State/Country

California

Project Number

Project Number

5P50NS022343-25

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Federal

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

Social and affective components of communication | 298757 | 2011 | 5P50NS022343-24

 
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