I promise I have been working during the last year, despite the scarcity of news updates! One exciting new thing to share is that I've just had a new paper accepted for publication, with my amazing thesis student/research assistant Azilee Curl. This is a secondary analysis of a prior EEG dataset in which we looked at EEG coherence as an estimate of brain connectivity during semantic processing of words and pictures. Coherence is a unique connectivity metric because it retains the temporal resolution of EEG so can really give a sense of the dynamic changes going on in neural communication. We found that individuals with ASD show reduced neural communication between left frontal and parietal brain areas only during semantic processing of words -- not pictures. But what was really interesting was the time window: this reduced connectivity was incredibly early, 100-300 ms after stimulus presentation! This suggests that it's really early communication between linguistic and semantic processing regions that might be contributing to difficulties with semantic processing of language in ASD. Stay tuned for a link to the open-access paper on my Publications page!
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