Special training may help people with autism recognize faces

ng faces.

"People with autism tend to activate object-related brain regions when they are viewing unfamiliar faces. They also tend to focus on particular features, such as a mustache or a pair of glasses. Normal individuals, whose fusiform gyrus shows activation, look at the whole face and the relationship of features on a face," Aylward said.

In the study, which involved 11 adolescents and adults with autism and 10 age-matched controls, the subjects viewed pictures of cars and people's faces while the fMRI examined their patterns of brain activity. The fusiform gyrus was activated in the control subjects when they were exposed to faces and the inferior temporal gyrus, an area associated with objects, was activated when they looked at cars. However, among subjects with autism only the inferior temporal gyrus was activated when they looked at most faces and the cars. The exception was a picture of the subject's mother, which activated the fusiform gyrus.

This finding could have important implications for intervention. Dawson said the UW's Autism Center is involved in two follow-up studies designed help people with autism to become "face experts." In one project, UW researchers are working with the same 11 adolescents and adults who have autism and are teaching them how to look at a face and what is important about a face to see if the training can help activate the fusiform gyrus. The second is a randomized controlled study involving 24 toddlers and preschool children diagnosed with autism and 24 control subjects. Through behavioral interventions, the children are taught to make eye contact and thus have more experience looking at faces. It involves intensive training 25 hours a week for two years. Dawson and her team will be examining whether such intervention affects brain circuitry.


Contact: Joel Schwarz
University of Washington

Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Specialized brain helped ancient reptiles fly and hunt
2. Special section: Invasive species
3. Special report: Personal genomics
4. Special section: Habitat fragmentation can amplify
5. Specialty license plate to fund whale research
6. Special session planned at society of toxicology meeting ont he role of the environment in Parkinsons disease
7. Special four-day symposium on MTBE and drinking water
8. LSU Ag Center Brucellosis Specialist May Help Stem Bison Controversy
9. The Evolution Of Beauty, Part Of A Special Section On The Evolution Of Sex In The 25 September 1998 Science
10. Scientists Show How Defects Can Improve Technology In Science Magazines Special Issue On Materials Science
11. Successful Specialist Care For Cystic Fibrosis Patients From Childhood To Adulthood

Post Your Comments:

(Date:6/19/2020)... BOSTON (PRWEB) , ... June 16, 2020 , ... The ... Ph.D., is betting that if the stem cell medicine and pharmaceutical industries have easier ... their practice. So, starting July 5 of this year, Independence Day weekend in ...
(Date:6/11/2020)... ... 08, 2020 , ... Cryo-Cell International’s announcement comes on the ... in the medical field. The face masks will be distributed nationwide to obstetrical ... day to provide healthcare to pregnant women. The delivery of masks is scheduled ...
(Date:6/5/2020)... , ... June 04, 2020 , ... Greffex, a pioneering ... its Board of Directors. , “Neil understands the need for a global perspective to ... and CEO of Greffex. Mr. Bush will serve as an independent, director of the ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:6/23/2020)... (PRWEB) , ... June 23, 2020 , ... ... innovative CNS therapies, today announced that it has filed an Investigational New Drug ... Phase 2b clinical trial of its lead drug candidate NBTX-001 in patients with ...
(Date:6/11/2020)... ... 09, 2020 , ... Reducing carbon emissions has been and will continue to ... stock market dips, ways to reduce CO2 is something we can’t avoid. , ... the biofuels being produced today are created from recycled cooking oil or crops. Unfortunately, ...
(Date:5/28/2020)... , ... May 28, 2020 , ... ... today announced the release of Genedata Screener ® 17.0, the latest version ... data from all in-vitro screening assay technologies. Genedata will host a webinar on ...
(Date:5/21/2020)... ... 2020 , ... Eaton Square is pleased to announce its growth on the ... and medical technology-focused strategy and M&A advisory firm. , This is an important step ... and Asia Pacific healthcare innovators with capital and investors. , Popper and Company, founded ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: