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Investigators Current Studies Infant Siblings of ASD Children Categorization in Children & Adults With Autism            -Study Completed Emotion Processing            -Study Completed Imaging/fMRI ICONz® Cognitive Enhancement Therapy Autism Treatment Network Autism Task Force


Development of Categorization and Facial Knowledge in Low and High Functioning Autism

The purpose of the infant sibling project, Pittsburgh Early Autism Study (PEAS), is to understand the development of object processing, communication and motor skills in infants, 5-22months old, who may be at heightened risk for autism because they have an older sibling with autism. The research procedures are simple and only require having the babies look at pictures and movies while we watch their eyes and record where they are looking.
The third element of this project is studying how individuals with high-functioning autism learn about the world, including their knowledge of objects, categories, and people. The research is examining how autism impacts the ability of individuals to process cognitive information.

This project is studying infants

Characterizing Altered Anantomic Connectivity with High Resolution Imaging in Older Adults with ASD:  A high resolution DTI study of white matter microstruture

The purpose of this project is to study brain structure and function in autism by using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). The participant will be asked to do activities such as looking at pictures and reading short stories while in the MRI machine. The goal of this project is to understand how the brains of individuals with autism work by looking at their eye movements and measuring the activity in their brains as they do visual tasks during the fMRI scan.
This project is studying adults.

Evidence-Based Cognitive Rehabilitation to Improve Functional Outcomes for Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorders

The purpose of this project is to examine the potential benefits of two novel non-drug interventions; Cognitive Enhancement Therapy (CET) and Enriched Supportive Therapy (EST) in the treatment of adilts with autism spectrum disorders.
CET is a comprehensive rehabilitation intervention designed to minimize social and non-social cognitive impairments that limit adaptive function and quality of life.  The treatment integrates computer-based exercises with a small group-based social-cognitive curriculum.
EST is an indivdual supportive therapy approach that helps adults learn about their condition manage their emotions and stress, improve ther social skills and cope with everyday problems.
This project is studying children.


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