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IoN/Faculty Lecture: Understanding Anxiety in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Connectivity in the Emotional Brain and Implications for Treatment

Mikle South (Brigham Young University)
Venue: Room 1.63, Ridley Building 2, Newcastle University
Date: 19th June 2012
Time: 16:00 - 17:00

Severe symptoms of anxiety may affect up to 80% of Individuals diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). In many cases, the consequences of such anxiety may disrupt function as much as or more as the core symptoms of autism. In this talk I present data from our electrophysiological, psychophysiological, and qualitative interview studies of the overlap between ASD and anxiety. In studies of both social and non-social fear paradigms, we find that fear learning appears to be intact but that reversal or extinction of fears that are no longer relevant may be impaired in ASD. We also find that external feedback regarding emotional states may ameliorate disrupted internal monitoring circuitry. Within a framework of disrupted neural connectivity in ASD, I review applications of our work for clinical treatment in home and professional settings.

Mikle South received a B.A. in psychology from Yale University in 1994 and a PhD in child clinical psychology from the University of Utah in 2005. After returning to Yale for a post-doctoral fellowship in neuroimaging of childhood problems, Dr. South began work at Brigham Young University in Provo, Utah USA where he is currently an assistant professor of psychology and neuroscience. Dr. South's research uses a variety of techniques to study links between the brain and behavior in autism spectrum conditions, especially regarding the balance of emotion and cognition in autism.

Host: Jacqui Rodgers

This item was added 28th March 2012

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