Infants At Risk & Newly Diagnosed Toddlers
Categorization in Children & Adults With Autism
Associated Current Studies
Emotional Responding -Study Completed
Cognitive Enhancement Therapy
Autism Treatment Network
Autism Task Force Scientific Abstracts
NIH-Funded ACE Studies
of Categorization and Facial Knowledge in Low and High Functioning
The purpose of the infant sibling project, Pittsburgh Early Autism
Study (PEAS), is to understand the development of the face, object
processing, and communication and motor skills in infants, 5-16
months 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.
This project is studying infants.
The purpose of the toddler project is to understand how face
perception and recognition develops in young children recently
diagnosed with autism. Participants sit in front of a computer
screen that shows them faces, videos of people, and pictures of
objects and are instructed to push buttons to indicate their
responses. This project is studying toddlers and young children.
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
This project is studying infants, children and adults.
of Affective Contact: Development of Brain Mechanisms for Emotions
The purpose of this project is to help understand how the brain
processes emotions. With the use of functional magnetic resonance
imaging (fMRI), pictures of the brain are taken while the
participant is thinking. An eye-tracking device is used to better
understand how people perceive, understand, experience and express
emotions. In addition, the goal is to find out how well people are
able to use emotion to make decisions and social judgments. This
project is studying children.
Connectivity and Brain Activation: Imaging Studies of Language and
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.