Human Origins: Lessons from Autism Spectrum Disorders

Event Dates: 
Oct 5, 2012 -
1:00pm to 5:30pm
Event Chairs:

Daniel Geschwind, University of California, Los Angeles
Jonathan Sebat, University of California, San Diego

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. 

Event Sessions

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Date Media Session Title Speakers
Fri 10/5 File Welcome Pascal Gagneux, University of California, San Diego
Fri 10/5 File Opening Remarks Daniel Geschwind, University of California, Los Angeles
Fri 10/5 File Genetic Etiology Jonathan Sebat, University of California, San Diego
Fri 10/5 File Surprising Findings in Autism: Insights into Anthropogeny? Eric Courchesne, University of California, San Diego
Fri 10/5 File The "Like-Me" Theory for Connecting Self and Others Andrew Meltzoff, University of Washington
Fri 10/5 File The Early Identification of Autism: Examinations of Brain and Behavior Karen Pierce, UC San Diego School of Medicine
Fri 10/5 File Mirroring in the Neurotypical and Autistic Brain Mirella Dapretto, UCLA
Fri 10/5 File Systems Biology of Autism Spectrum Disorders Daniel Geschwind, University of California, Los Angeles
Fri 10/5 File The Evolutionary Biology of Autism Risk Bernard Crespi, Simon Fraser University
Fri 10/5 File The Fetal Androgen Theory Simon Baron-Cohen, Cambridge University
Fri 10/5 File Mirror Neuron Dysfunction in Neurology V.S. Ramachandran, University of California, San Diego
Fri 10/5 File Wrap-Up and Question and Answer Session Daniel Geschwind, University of California, Los Angeles
Jonathan Sebat, University of California, San Diego
Fri 10/5 File Closing Remarks Margaret Schoeninger, University of California, San Diego
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