Improving Synchronization and Functional Connectivity in Autism Spectrum Disorders Through Plasticity-Induced Rehabilitation
Final rept. 1 Aug 2010-31 Jul 2013
CALIFORNIA UNIV SAN DIEGO LA JOLLA DEPT OF COGNITIVE SCIENCE
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The rationale for using neurofeedback to affect changes in children on the autism spectrum is rooted in several assumptions. First, regions comprising the human mirror neuron system or MNS exhibit abnormal connections in ASD children. Second, the 8-13 Hx mu rhythm oscillations over sensormotor cortex are functionally linked to the MNS network. Third, modifying these oscillations dynamics via neurofeedback training induces neural plasticity. Finally, normalization of abnormal connectivity is reflected in positive behavioral, cognitive, and electrophysiological changes.
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