09-03 4:00pm -
Pgh/London Consortium Lecture
09-04 12:00pm -
CBDR Seminar, Loss Aversion in the Field and Lab
09-04 2:30pm -
Pitt EpiBrain Neuroimaging Journal Club
09-08 12:00pm -
Guest speaker, David C Glahn, Ph.D
09-12 9:30am -
Pitt Psych Research Seminar
M.D., Washington University School of Medicine
I am a behavioral child neurologist. My focus for the past 20 years has been the investigation of the cognitive, neurologic, and neural basis of autism. Most recently, we have added investigation of the family genetics of autism. This research has led to evidence of autism as a selective disorder of complex information processing with sparing of simple information processing. Eye movement studies have provided evidence of selective involvement of neocortical systems and of reduced computational capacity. Structural imaging studies have revealed evidence of over development of local brain circuitry and underdevelopment of longer distance connections. MRS studies have provided evidence of undersynthesis and increased degradation of brain membranes and of disjointed temporal development of brain membranes.
Future research will continue in these areas with a focus on neural systems organization, neuronal organizational events, and new areas of cognition such as prototype formation, facial recognition, and social cognition. This work is being done in collaboration with Drs. Bernie Devlin, Bill Eddy, Gerald Goldstein, Marcel Just, Marlene Behrmann, Mark Strauss, Bea Luna, and John Sweeney, and Diane Williams.