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SCSB Lunch Series: Rebecca Saxe, Ph.D.
December 2, 2016 | 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
Date: Friday, December 2, 2016
Time: 12:00 pm-1:00 pm
Speaker: Rebecca Saxe, Ph.D.
Affiliation: Professor of Cognitive Science, Martinos Imaging Center, McGovern Institute for Brain Research, Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences
Talk Title: Social information processing in the brains of people with ASD: two wrong hypotheses, and the road ahead.
Abstract: In this talk I will describe my first two hypotheses about the neural basis of social deficits in ASD. Hypothesis 1: individuals with ASD rely on compensatory mechanisms to answer social questions that other people solve “naturally”. Hypothesis 2: deficits in social processing are most acute when abstract social information must be extracted from a dynamic variable and naturalistic stimulus. I will show the experiments we did and the data we collected that disconfirm these hypotheses. Then I will speculate about where we go from here.