UMARC Lecture: Autism and the Brain
This talk will give a general overview of current scientific work that examines the brain bases of Autism Spectrum Disorder. Dustin Moraczewski will begin by giving a short description of typical brain development to which he will compare work that investigates those with Autism. Dustin will also provide an account of work that examines Autism and the brain across the lifespan. Finally, attendees will look at work that examines differences in brain function during tasks that require social, language, and other types of processing.
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About the speaker:
Dustin is a 3rd-year graduate student in Elizabeth Redcay's Developmental Social Cognitive Neuroscience lab where he studies how brain development supports social processing during typical and atypical development. Prior to coming to UMD, Dustin provided behavioral therapy to foster children with Autism Spectrum Disorder while working at Florida International University to study brain development using functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI). Prior to moving to Florida, Dustin lived in Huntington, WV where he completed his undergraduate studies in psychology and music at Marshall University. In addition, he worked as a behavioral therapist and a group home manager for Autism Services Center.