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Vision in Autism and Tuberous Sclerosis

Researcher adjusting EEG sensor net on smiling girl's head.

Our researcher Francesca with one of our little participants, wearing an EEG sensor net.

Visual Processing in people with Autism and Tuberous Sclerosis

A pervasive aspect of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) is hypersensitivity to sensory stimuli.  These “sensory problems” cause significant disruption in the lives of those with ASD, but are nevertheless often considered secondary in importance to cognitive and social differences.

Based on our knowledge of sensory processing, we hypothesize that they are a manifestation of pervasive impairments in fundamental neural computations. We hypothesize that malfunction in these neural computations may be the “core deficit” in ASD, providing a foundation not only for sensory hypersensitivity but also for the cognitive and social differences. Understanding autism-related differences in sensory responsivity may therefore elucidate, more generally, the underlying  psychological and neural differences in ASD. We are recording EEG to characterize epileptiform and hyperexcitable cortical activity and correlate these measure with diagnostic criteria for ASD.

You can help us in this mission by participating in our study!

We are currently looking for:      (2/26/14) Children of any age with ASD or Tuberous Sclerosis (TS)

If you are interested please call 650-736-2793  send an e-mail to