Brain Cloud GraphicConducting Behavioral and Imaging Studies of Autism and Translating Research to Clinical Treatment


About Us

Despite the characterization of social and communication deficits defining autism spectrum disorder (ASD), the earliest signs of atypical neurodevelopment are behavioral differences in attention, movement and responses to sensory stimuli. 

Our group uses EEG, eye-tracking, motion capture and behavioral testing to study attention, sensory processing and motor function in autism.

We believe studying these foundational aspects of neurodevelopment will help us better understand ASD in older children and, importantly lead to the design of novel and more effective interventions.


Research Focus

  • Investigating the neural correlates to brain based sensory abnormalities
  • Characterizing motor function across multiple domains by recording eye movement, balance and gait
  • Evaluating the distribution, control and modulation of attention in Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • Translating our research findings into novel interventions for children and adults on the Autism Spectrum

Contact Us

UCSD Research on Autism and Development
the Campus at Villa La Jolla
8950 Villa La Jolla Dr.
Suite B-216
La Jolla, CA 92037

Phone: 858-246-1932
Fax: 858-246-1930

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RADLab is proud to announce that not one, but TWO, of its undergraduates have received a FISP award to engage in student-centered research. Each student will receive funds from the UCSD Frontiers of Innovation Scholars Program (FISP) symposium at UC San Diego to perform research designed to enrich human life and society. 

Jackie Nguyen will be investigating gaze-contingent games for vision therapy in diverse populations, which also follows the trajectory of her career path as she prepares to study and practice vision therapy via Optometry school. See a more in depth explanation of Jackie’s study in our blog.

Ryan Spence will be researching the effects of robot interaction as an intermediary to improve sensory and motor behavior in children with ASD. To find out more about our robot, CARBO, and the study, check out the recruitment page.