How do sensory patterns and cognitive flexibility contribute to the repetitive symptoms in ASD?

Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) often exhibit atypical sensory (e.g., superior visual search and noise detection) cognitive patterns (e.g., difficulty with solving new problems) as well as restricted repetitive behaviors (RRBs, e.g., obsession with numbers, frequent gestures, etc). However, the relationships between these variables are largely unknown. This research study will focus on exploring the interaction between the sensory patterns and cognitive flexibility that underlie RRBs, as well as to determine their joint accuracy in predicting the severity and pattern of RRBs.


Principal Investigator (PI): Stephanie Lung

Institution & Department: McGill University – Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology

Supervisor: Dr. Armando Bertone

Year(s) collaborated with SCERT on project: 2018 - Present

 

Results of Research Project:


As this research is still underway, results of this project are not yet available. Check back soon!

Until then, you can read more about Ms. Lung and her research at the Perceptual Neuroscience Laboratory for Autism and Development (PNLab) here.