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Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation on Neural and Behavioral Facets of Social Cognition in Autism Spectrum Disorder (TMSinASD)

  • Study HIC#:2000021846
  • Last Updated:07/15/2021

Brief Summary:

This study will evaluate the effects of repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) on neural and behavioral facets of social cognition in Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Participant visits will include a baseline assessment of neuropsychological, cognitive and behavioral function, and an EEG (electroencephalogram) and eye-tracking session to measure neural and visual attentional social response before and after administration of TMS.

  • Age18 years - 40 years
  • GenderBoth
  • Start Date03/07/2018
  • End Date02/28/2023

Trial Purpose and Description

The objective of this research proposal is to utilize a multimodal approach to provide a proof-of-concept for the ability of rTMS to (a) influence functioning in the brain systems involved in social ASD symptomatology and (b) modify associated social cognitive behaviors in adults with ASD. Toward achieving this objective, we propose to assess critical aspects of social cognition using the electroencephalogram (EEG), event-related potentials (ERPS), eye-tracking (ET), and behavioral tasks prior to and following a single rTMS session to provide preliminary insight into the potential of rTMS as a tool to modify social brain function in cognitively able adults with ASD.

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion Criteria:

  • individuals between the ages of 18 and 40 years old with typical development or with a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder.
  • able to participate in an EEG and eye-tracking experiment

Exclusion Criteria:

  • Participants reporting significant head trauma or serious brain illness
  • Participants with major psychiatric illness that would preclude completion of study measures.
  • Participants with a history of serious medical illness, stroke, seizures, epileptiform EEG abnormalities, or family history of seizures.
  • Participants taking prescription medications that may affect cognitive processes under study.
  • Participants who have taken alcohol or recreational drugs within the preceding 24 hours.
  • Females of known/suspected pregnancy or who test positive on a pregnancy test.
  • Participants with a history of metalworking or injury by shrapnel or metallic objects are also exclude

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