Neural Coherence at Rest and During Language Processing in Autism Spectrum Disorder

Project ID: 424

Cube proposed by: Jonathan Brennan

Unit: LSA: Humanities

Cycle: MCubed 1.0

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About this project: 
Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is widely recognized as a communication deficit, though the relationship between the ASD phenotype and the neural mechanisms that support language remain ill-understood. Recent work suggests that dynamic neural oscillations between brain regions (signatures of phase-locked brain activity) may differ between typically developing children and those with ASD. We aim to test this hypothesis in the context of auditory language comprehension by studying how the coherency of neural oscillations, as measured with Magnetoencephalography, changes as a function of the level of language processing (phonemes, words, sentences) in children with ASD in comparison with typically developing children.