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Autism Science Foundation live chat with Kevin Pelphrey Friday 12noon eastern time

Posted Apr 05 2012 6:05pm

The Autism Science Foundation will host live interviews with scientists and policy makers during the month of April (Autism Awareness Month). These will be hosted on their facebook page . These will be in a chat format where, as ASF puts it:

“Have questions for an autism researcher? Join us for a live, online chat tomorrow at 12PM ET where YOU can interview Kevin Pelphrey of the Yale Child Study Center.”

The interview/chat with Prof. Pelphrey will be held tomorrow, Friday April 5, at noon eastern time on the Autism Science Foundation facebook page.

Here’s more on Prof. Pelphrey:

Work in Dr. Pelphrey’s laboratory focuses on discovering brain mechanisms underlying the development of different aspects of social cognition including social perception (the initial stages of evaluating the intentions and goals of others by analysis of biological motion cues), theory of mind (the ability to make inferences about the mental states of others), and the perception and regulation of emotion. This work employs cognitive neuroscience methods including functional and structural magnetic resonance imaging, diffusion tensor imaging, imaging genetics, visual scanpath recordings, and virtual reality techniques.

The laboratory conducts studies focused on fundamental questions regarding the typical and atypical development of social cognition in children with and without autism spectrum disorders and other neurodevelopmental disorders. By studying the normal ontogeny of the brain mechanisms underlying social cognition and the abnormal development of these mechanisms in children with autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders, the Pelphrey laboratory is working to uncover the building blocks for complex, multi-faceted, social cognitive abilities.

Dr. Pelphrey has received a Scientist Career Development Award from the National Institutes of Health, a John Merck Scholars Award for his work on the biology of developmental disorders, and the American Psychological Association’s Boyd McCandless Award for distinguished early career theoretical contributions to Developmental Psychology. His research program is funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Simons Foundation, Autism Speaks, and the National Science Foundation.

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