MRI data composite: the yellow indicates the prefrontal cortex areas that are significantly underactive in people with autism while regulating their emotions.
Credit:Gabriel Dichter, Ph.D., UNC School of Medicine
The first author of the Journal of Autism Developmental Disorder paper is John Richey, PhD, former postdoctoral fellow in Dichter’s lab who was part of the T-32 training program at the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disorders. He is now an assistant professor at Virginia Tech. UNC graduate student Cara Damiano and former UNC graduate student Anna Sabatino, are also authors.
The study was funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The study was also supported by the UNC-CH Graduate School Dissertation Completion Fellowship and the Clinical Translational Core of the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities.
Dichter is also the director of UNC’s Clinical Affective Neuroscience Lab.