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3. MEDICAL AND HEALTH SCIENCES, Neuroscience
Biological motion imparts rich information related to the movement, actions, intentions and affective state of others, which can provide foundational support for various aspects of social cognition and behavior. Given that atypical social communication and cognition are hallmark symptoms of autism spectrum disorder (ASD), many have theorized that a potential source of this deficit may lie in dysfunctional neural mechanisms of biological motion processing. Synthesis of existing literature provides some support for biological motion processing deficits in autism spectrum disorder, although high study heterogeneity and inconsistent findings complicate interpretation. Here, we attempted to reconcile some of this residual controversy by investigating a possible modulating role for attention in biological motion processing in ASD.
Knight, E.J., Krakowski, A.I. & Freedman, E.G. (2022). Attentional influences on neural processing of biological motion in typically developing children and those on the autism spectrum. Molecular Autism, vol. 13, no. 33. doi:10.1186/s13229-022-00512-7
U.S. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH RO1 MH065350 and MH085322); City University of New York; University of Rochester Medical Center Department of Pediatrics Chair Fellow Award; Kyle Family Fellowship; UR Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (UR-IDDRC); Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD P50 HD103536); F. Kennedy Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (RFK-IDDRC); Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD U54 HD090260).
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