Word Reading in the Brain

Examining visual, lexico-semantic, executive, and motor networks in the brain

Research Question

Recent findings suggest that cognitive, sociocommunicative, and sensorimotor impairments in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are associated with impaired brain network connectivity. This research aims to combine measures of functional and anatomical connectivity, along with measures of dynamic processing from magnetoencephalography (MEG).

How can you help?

We are currently seeking children and adolescents with or without a diagnosis of ASD aged 7-17 years to participate in this study. If your child falls in this age range and has no metal implants or history of neurological disorders, he or she may be eligible to participate.

What’s involved?


Diagnostic & Cognitive Assessments

Participants will be asked to answer some simple questions and complete tasks like drawing and solving puzzles, and parents will complete some questionnaires.

Practice Getting Scanned

Participants will have a practice MRI session to learn how to complete the word reading task.

Brain Scans

Participants will get to have an MRI scan and an MEG scan, which will allow us to collect information about brain structure and function.

Get Compensated

Participants will be compensated for their time, and will also receive a picture of their brain!





If you think your child may qualify for this study, please get in touch!
Call (619) 594-0176 or email us at BDIL@mail.sdsu.edu