We study the brain basis of developmental disorders and autism spectrum disorders in children, adolescents, and adults. Our studies use non-invasive brain imaging technologies such as EEG/ERP, MRI, and MEG. Some of the goals of our research are to understand how to diagnose developmental disabilities earlier and more accurately, and to understand the effects of different interventions on brain processing and behavioral measures.
Developmental and Autism Spectrum Disorders
Reading and Language
We work with children, adolescents, and adults to understand the brain basis of reading and language. We use behavioral assessments and neuroimaging tools (fMRI, EEG/ERP, and MEG). Currently, our studies investigate questions like how brain systems for reading compare between skilled readers and readers with developmental dyslexia, how to predict reading difficulty in young children, and differences in the brain systems in children with Specific Language Impairment (SLI).
Intelligence and Neural Plasticity
Our group is interested in the neural correlates of intelligence, whether fluid intelligence can be enhanced by training, and how the brain changes when training is effective. We are currently investigating several different training strategies and measuring their efficacy with psychometric evaluation, electroencephalography, and multimodal magnetic resonance imaging.