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Center for Autism Research Excellence (CARE)

The Center for Autism Research Excellence at Boston University will investigate the MNS in toddlers and preschoolers soon after they have been diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Children will be tested using EEG methods, clinical assessments, and a training study, similar to the one used at the University of Maryland. This design will allow us to test whether the onset of ASD is associated with an underlying systems-level impairment in the MNS and whether targeted training leads to changes in MNS activity at the neural and behavioral levels. Furthermore, the use of shared procedures across projects will allow for comparisons in the relations among neural markers of the MNS and behavioral abilities across ASD and typically developing children.