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Project Title

Project Title

Exploring links between multisensory and cognitive function in autism

Principal Investigator

Principal Investigator

Wallace, Mark

Description

Description

In addition to problems in communication and social interaction, and the presence of restricted or repetitive behaviors, individuals with autism frequently exhibit altered sensory function. Sensory issues are commonly seen in more than one domain, and the ability to synthesize or integrate information across senses is often affected. There is little empirical information, however, that systematically characterizes the sensory and multisensory deficits in people with autism, or that relates sensory changes to cognitive abilities. Mark Wallace and his colleagues at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, are attempting to do this, focusing on the time window within which visual and auditory cues are integrated. In preliminary work, they have found that this window is abnormally long in individuals with autism. This extended window could lead to ‘noisy’ or ‘fuzzy’ perceptions of the world, and may play an important role in the communication and social deficits that characterize autism. To test this idea, Wallace’s team plans to examine the relationships between multisensory function and cognitive abilities, with an emphasis on language and social skills. Previous work from the Wallace lab has shown that training can improve multisensory function in adults, and the researchers plan to test whether this is also true in those with autism. Their main goal is to show that improvements in sensory and multisensory processing result in improvements in language and social abilities. If so, such information would be directly relevant to the development of better therapeutic strategies for autism.

Funder

Funder

Simons Foundation

Fiscal Year Funding

Fiscal Year Funding

0

Current Award Period

Current Award Period

2013-2015

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

Exploring links between multisensory and cognitive function in autism (External web link)

Institution

Institution

Vanderbilt University

State/Country

State/Country

Tennessee

Project Number

Project Number

290236

Federal or Private?

Federal or Private?

Private

Received ARRA Funding?

Received ARRA Funding?

No

History/Related Projects

History/Related Projects

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