Eye Tracking Research Symposium: Autism Across the Human Lifespan







Please join us for an online symposium where three esteemed researchers will present their work with eye tracking in the field of autism study. 

Assessing language in preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder 
Presented by Sudha Arunachalam, Ph.D. - New York University

With a focus on language development in the preschool years in typical development as well as in autism spectrum disorder and language delay, Sudha uses eye tracking technology to gain insight into early language comprehension. Her work reveals children understand more than they say. She'll discuss her use of eye tracking to study vocabulary knowledge, word learning, and parent-child interaction in preschoolers with autism spectrum disorder.

Dual subject eye tracking during live interactive tasks and hyperscanning
Presented by J. Adam Noah, Ph.D. - Yale School of Medicine

Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) have been shown to have atypical neural responses and eye gaze behaviors when looking at photographs of human faces compared to typically developing individuals.  It is unknown if and how these differences translate in real world conditions in which individuals interact in realistic face-to-face conditions. A necessary requirement to understand this relationship in the naturalistic world is to develop multimodal recording techniques that allow for two-subject eye tracking as well as neural hyperscanning techniques to investigate the modulation of neural activity during natural eye-to-eye contacts. 

Probing social motivation heterogeneity in young children
Presented by Barbara Thompson, Ph.D. - Michigan State University

Social-emotional processing is a difficult construct to test in developing children yet is crucial for establishing important daily interactions. This lab has recently established innovative behavioral paradigms that are sensitive to revealing individual differences in social-affective processes, independent from language abilities, which they use to both characterize the heterogeneity in social motivation across two populations- typically developing (TD) children and children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) - and to reveal the underlying neurobiological mechanisms driving social motivation. She will present data that has attempted to quantify attention to and motivation for social stimuli using eye tracking. 


Sudha Arunachalam, Ph.D.


Sudha Arunachalam is an Associate Professor in Communicative Sciences and Disorders at New York University. She studied linguistics (B.A., Ph.D.) and psychology (M.A.) and has research interests in language acquisition and language processing in children with and without language and communication disorders. 

J. Adam Noah, Ph.D.


J. Adam Noah, Ph.D., Associate Research Scientist, is a research faculty member of the Brain Function Laboratory at the Yale School of Medicine. Adam is experienced in computational systems as well as recording and analysis techniques related to multimodal imaging of functional near-infrared spectroscopy, eye tracking, electroencephalography, and their application to clinical and basic neuroscience research.

Barbara Thompson, Ph.D.


Trained as a behavioral neuroscientist in social, emotional and cognitive development, Barbara Thompson integrates clinical research and basic models to study affect in both typical and atypical neurodevelopment. She is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Pediatrics and Human Development College of Human Medicine at Michigan State University.