Human Origins: Lessons from Autism Spectrum Disorders

Event Date (Pacific Time): 
Friday, 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

Media for each talk can be played by clicking on icons in the "Media" column, or by clicking on the individual talk titles below and then the attachment file at the bottom of the page.

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

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