NeuroImage Editors' Choice Award
June 2017

Congratulations Ryali, et al. for winning the NeuroImage Editors' Choice Award of 2017.  

Read the full article here: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=26934644 


Farewell Celebration
May 2017

The lab enjoyed a day of wine tasting as they celebrated Research Assistants, Amanda Baker, Samantha Mitsven, Jonathan Nicholas and Research Scientist John Kochalka moving on to graduate school. 


International Meeting for Autism Research
May 2017

Our lab participated at the 2017 International Meeting for Autism Research in San Francisco with 4 poster presentations. Congratulations to our extraordinary research assistants and postdoctoral fellow for your contributions to our field!

Postdoctoral Fellow Lang Chen presented a poster titled “Memory Deficit of Social and Non-social Stimuli in Children with ASD," that highlighted findings from a study aimed at examining the ability to retain information in children with ASD.

Research Assistant Amanda Baker presented a poster titled “Increased connectivity of voice processing brain networks in females with autism: A preliminary study of gender differences in ASD.” We investigated gender differences in social brain connectivity - more specifically, between voice processing brain networks - in ASD. We found that females with autism showed higher connectivity compared to both males with autism and typically developing individuals. This finding could point to a compensatory mechanism in females with ASD while they listen to vocal social cues.

Research Assistant Julia Boram Kang presented a poster titled “Untapped mathematical learning capacity in children with autism spectrum disorders" in which we explored the idea that while not every child with autism is good at math, perhaps they might be particularly good at learning mathematical information. We found that children with ASD who struggle with math had the largest learning gains in a math task, relative to both typically developing children and children with ASD who do not struggle with math.

Research Assistant Samantha Mitsven presented a poster titled “Similarity Between Non-Symbolic and Symbolic Numerical Stimuli in High-Level Visual Areas is Uniquely Related to Individual Differences in Arithmetic Skills in Children with Autism.” We found that children with ASD displayed a unique neural mapping distinguishing between numeric symbols and quantities in the right fusiform gyrus, a region devoted to processing complex visual stimuli (i.e., faces and objects).