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Autism and Neurodevelopment

How the social brain develops and how infants and children learn about the social world is key to the work of the investigators in the social neuroscience pod. Using eye tracking, dense-array electroencephalography, and neuroimaging, the autism and neurodevelopment pod members focus on developmental disorders such as autism and other neuropsychiatric disorders to understand the developmental trajectory of social cognition.
  • The Jou Lab collaborates with other research teams in order to characterize the neurobiology of autism by studying brain structure and underlying connections using neuroimaging technology.
  • The Ventola Lab focuses on behavioral treatment, specifically Pivotal Response Treatment (PRT) for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
  • We use clinical neuroscience to investigate autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Clinical work informs our understanding of the autism and its related behaviors, and helps us appreciate what is relevant from the perspective of individuals with ASD and their families.
  • We focus on early social and affective development of children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and other disabilities. We aim to discover biomarkers of social and emotional vulnerabilities and novel treatment targets in infancy and early childhood.
  • The Sukhodolsky lab conducts research on behavioral treatments for children with autism spectrum disorder, Tourette syndrome, OCD, anxiety and disruptive behavior disorders. We investigate both how well different behavior therapies work, and how they change the brain.