Human Origins: Lessons from Autism Spectrum Disorders
Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is very commonly diagnosed these days, possibly due to increased awareness. Or are these signs that the human brain is developing in new and different ways that have yet to be understood? What have advances in our understanding of the etiologies of ASD taught us about its mechanisms, and can they shed light on the evolution of the human brain? The CARTA public symposium on “Human Origins: Lessons from Autism Spectrum Disorders” featured scientists from many diverse fields, including genetics, neuroscience, psychiatry, cognitive science, psychology, and evolutionary biology, who shared their insights into ASD--providing a multi-disciplinary perspective on this multi-faceted spectrum of disorders, and its implications for understanding human origins and the evolution of the human mind.
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|Fri 10/5||Welcome||Pascal Gagneux|
|Fri 10/5||Opening Remarks||Daniel Geschwind|
|Fri 10/5||Genetic Etiology||Jonathan Sebat|
|Fri 10/5||Surprising Findings in Autism: Insights into Anthropogeny?||Eric Courchesne|
|Fri 10/5||The "Like-Me" Theory for Connecting Self and Others||Andrew Meltzoff|
|Fri 10/5||The Early Identification of Autism: Examinations of Brain and Behavior||Karen Pierce|
|Fri 10/5||Mirroring in the Neurotypical and Autistic Brain||Mirella Dapretto|
|Fri 10/5||Systems Biology of Autism Spectrum Disorders||Daniel Geschwind|
|Fri 10/5||The Evolutionary Biology of Autism Risk||Bernard Crespi|
|Fri 10/5||The Fetal Androgen Theory||Simon Baron-Cohen|
|Fri 10/5||Mirror Neuron Dysfunction in Neurology||V.S. Ramachandran|
|Fri 10/5||Wrap-Up and Question and Answer Session||Daniel Geschwind, Jonathan Sebat|
|Fri 10/5||Closing Remarks||Margaret Schoeninger|