Frederick Shic PhD

Assistant Professor in the Child Study Center and of Computer Science; Director, Technology and Innovation Laboratory (TIL); Co-Director, Yale Early Social Cognition Laboratory (YESCog)

Research Interests

Autism; Eye-tracking; Gaze-contingent technology; Magnetic resonance spectroscopy; Galvanic skin response; Electrodermal activity; Augmentative and alternative communication


Research Summary

Fred focuses on the exploration of new technologies and methodologies for enriching both our understanding of ASD and the lives of children with ASD. His current research interests include using eye-tracking to study visual social attention in ASD, computational modeling to describe gaze patterns in terms of perceptual characteristics, the development of gaze contingent interactive technologies, using electrodermal activity to index autonomic arousal in infants and toddlers, and the development of specialized software applications for both education and augmentative and alternative communication.


Selected Publications

  • Shic, F., Macari, S., & Chawarska, K. (2013). Speech Disturbs Face Scanning in 6-Month Olds who Develop Autism Spectrum Disorder. Biological Psychiatry, (0). doi:10.1016/j.biopsych.2013.07.009
  • Kim, E. S., Berkovits, L. D., Bernier, E. P., Leyzberg, D., Shic, F., Paul, R., & Scassellati, B. (2012). Social Robots as Embedded Reinforcers of Social Behavior in Children with Autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 1–12. doi:10.1007/s10803-012-1645-2
  • Chawarska, K., Macari, S., & Shic, F. (2013). Decreased Spontaneous Attention to Social Scenes in 6-Month-Old Infants Later Diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Biological Psychiatry, 74(3), 195–203. doi:10.1016/j.biopsych.2012.11.022
  • Shic, F., Bradshaw, J., Klin, A., Scassellati, B., & Chawarska, K. (2010). Limited Activity Monitoring in Toddlers with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Brain Research.
  • Chawarska, K., & Shic, F. (2009). Looking But Not Seeing: Atypical Visual Scanning and Recognition of Faces in 2 and 4-Year-Old Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 39(12), 1663-1672. doi:10.1007/s10803-009-0803-7
  • Shic, F., & Scassellati, B. (2007b). A Behavioral Analysis of Computational Models of Visual Attention. International Journal of Computer Vision, 73(2), 159-177. doi:10.1007/s11263-006-9784-6
  • Shic, F., Jones, W., Klin, A., & Scassellati, B. (2006). Swimming in the Underlying Stream: Computational Models of Gaze in a Comparative Behavioral Analysis of Autism. In 28th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Presented at the 28th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. (Best Applied Computational Modeling Paper)
  • Lin, A. P., Shic, F., Enriquez, C., & Ross, B. D. (2003). Reduced glutamate neurotransmission in patients with Alzheimer's disease–an in vivo 13C magnetic resonance spectroscopy study. MAGMA Magnetic Resonance Materials in Physics, Biology and Medicine, 16(1), 29-42. (1st Place Young Investigator Award Paper)
  • Shic, F., & Ross, B. D. (2003). Automated data processing of {1H-decoupled} 13C MR spectra acquired from human brain in vivo. Journal of Magnetic Resonance, 162(2), 259-268. doi:10.1016/S1090-7807(03)00117-4

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