Projects

Projects

WELCOME to the Laboratory for Neurobehavioral Development at the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities (CADD)! Our research team conducts clinical studies of neurodevelopmental conditions including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Phelan-McDermid Syndrome (PMS), Fragile X Syndrome, and Fragile X Associated Tremor and Ataxia Syndrome (FXTAS).

To better understand brain mechanisms associated with these disorders, we use a variety of systems neuroscience approaches, including:

  • Tests of precision grasping, eye movements, and neuropsychological and neurological functions are used to define motor and cognitive deficits in individuals with ASD, PMS, Fragile X and FXTAS.
  • Motion capture technology is used to quantify movement coordination and balance during standing, walking and reaching.
  • Surface-based electromyography (EMG) utilizes non-invasive sensors applied to the skin to record neuromuscular activity.
  • Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) is used to examine brain activity during rest, motor behavior and cognitive tasks.
  • Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI) is an MRI approach used to examine white matter connections between different brain regions.

Learn more about our projects using the links to the left.