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.
- 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
UCSD Research on Autism and Development
the Campus at Villa La Jolla
8950 Villa La Jolla Dr.
La Jolla, CA 92037
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New & Exciting Directions
We've just the launch of our new Power of NeuroGaming (PoNG; we thought it was pretty clever) Center at UCSD's Qualcomm Institute in Atkinson Hall. The PoNG Center is a collaborative technology center with experts and resources available to anyone doing game-based research, from engineering to medicine, behavior therapies to skill building.
Speaking of skill building, through the PoNG Center and with help from the San Diego Foundation, we have taken on the awesome and humbling task of providing an internship for up to 25 young adults on the autism spectrum. These students, who have graduated from high school with or without college experience, will spend 8 weeks at RADLab and the PoNG Center at a STEM focused tech-based fellowship. Here, they will acquire and hone video game development skills like computer coding, digital art, and project management. But they will also be paired with coaches and mentors that will develop the soft skills needed to thrive in a mainstream work environment. This is part of an initiative close to our hearts to increase the currently dismal employment rates of individuals with autism and ASD. Stay tuned for amazing things!!