Brain Network Dynamics Contributing to Atypical Social Interaction in Autism

Location: Developmental Social Cognitive Neuroscience Lab - College Park, MD
Start Date: May 14th, 2014
End Date: May 13th, 2020

The overarching goal of the DSCN lab is to understand how we flexibly navigate and learn from social interactions and why individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) find this feat so challenging. We take a developmental cognitive neuroscience approach to examine the development of typical and atypical social interaction. This study involves 4 total visits to the University of Maryland and will be compensated. Participants may partake in an fMRI scan, where they will play a game while inside the scanner, and will get to take a picture of their brain home with them.

Eligibility Criteria
We are recruiting children with diagnosed autism spectrum disorder between the ages of 7 – 12. He/she must be verbal and be at least at an early elementary school reading level. He/she must not have any metallic dental work, metal implants, or anything else that may preclude them from participating in an fMRI. He/she must not have a history of traumatic brain injury or seizures after infancy.

Contact Information
If interested, please call (301) 405.7612 or visit http://www.dscn.umd.edu/DSCN/home.html for more information.