Divergent Biases for Conspecifics as Early Markers for Autism Spectrum Disorders

Location: New York, NY
Start Date: April 30th, 2013
End Date: May 1st, 2017

The NYU Infant Cognition and Communication Lab explores early markers for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Babies are born with preferences to listen to speech and look at faces. Children diagnosed with ASD don’t show these same preferences for voices and faces. We are examining how differences in these early-appearing preferences might help identify infants at risk for developing ASD. Using the findings of this NIH-funded study, we hope to be able to identify ASD in the first year of life to allow for early intervention and treatment. Participation involves 6 visits to NYU at Washington Square Park, once at 6, 9, 12, 18, 24, and 36 months. Each visit consists of questionnaires and interactive tasks. Compensation and small gifts are provided for time and travel. An evaluation is provided at the 24 and 36 month visits.


We are currently seeking children 7 months old and younger who have an older sibling with or without Autism Spectrum Disorder.

Contact Information

For more information please contact Amy Yamashiro at (212) 998-7607 or babysibs.nyu@gmail.com