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W&M Autism Lab

Welcome to William & Mary's Autism Lab Website!

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The William & Mary Autism Lab is a collaborative research effort within the Psychology and Neuroscience departments, as a component of the college's Neurodiversity Initiative. Using behavioral and neurological measures, our studies examine the interplay of emotional and attentional processing in young adults with autistic behaviors. We are also interested in understanding the types of challenges faced by these individuals in a college environment, and how our findings about different types of autistic processing can help address these challenges.    

The lab is directed by Josh Burk and Cheryl Dickter of the Psychology Department and Neuroscience Program.

If you are interested in becoming a research assistant in the lab, complete the Research Assistant application and return it to cldickter@wm.edu.

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Lab Publications and Presentations

Dickter, C. L., Burk, J. A., Fleckenstein, K. M., Kozikowski, C. T. (2018). Autistic traits and social anxiety predict differential performance on social cognitive tasks in typically developing young adults. PLoS ONE, 13(3).

Taylor, S. C., & Dickter, C. L. (May, 2018). Young Adults’ Autistic Behaviors Predict P1 and N170 ERP Responses to Emotion Stimuli. Poster presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research. Rotterdam, Netherlands.
 
Blottner, M., & Dickter, C. L. (April, 2018). Young Adults’ Autistic Behaviors Predict N170 ERP Responses to Emotional Stimuli. Poster presented at the Reid Undergraduate Psychology Conference. Charlottesville, VA.

Hamborg, M., Fleckenstein, K., Huh, J., & Dickter, C. L. (March, 2018). The Effect of Autistic Traits on Mu Rhythm Suppression to Ingroups and Outgroups in Pain. Poster presented at the annual meeting for the Society of Personality and Social Psychology. Atlanta, GA.

Dickter, C. L., Burk, J., & Taylor, S. C. (May, 2017). Autistic Traits and Social Anxiety
As Unique Predictors of Neural Attentional Responses during Facial Emotion Identification. Poster presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research. San Francisco, CA.
 
Burk, J. A., Dickter, C. L., Zeman, J. L. (May, 2017). Implicit Attitudes towards Individuals with Autism by College Students and the General Population. Poster presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research. San Francisco, CA.
 
Dickter, C. L., Zeman, J., Burk, J., Mitchell, K., Chaney, K., Ball, J.D., & Urbano, M. (May, 2016). The Use of an Online Intervention to Improve Emotion Identification in Clinical and Non-Clinical Young Adults with a Range of Autistic Behaviors. Poster presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research. Baltimore, MD.
 
Mitchell, C. I., Dickter, C. L., & Burk, J. (May, 2016). Assessing Temporal and Contextual Factors Affecting Preferential Attention to Faces in Individuals with High and Low Levels of Autistic Traits. Poster presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research. Baltimore, MD.
 
Taylor, S., Dickter, C. L., & Burk, J. (May, 2016). Working Memory and Emotional Processing Related to Autistic Behaviors. Poster presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research. Baltimore, MD.
 
Burk, J., Dickter, C. L., Zeman, J., & Fleckenstein, K. M. (May, 2016). Differences in Reaction Time to Detect Emotion Faces Varies Based on Autistic Social Skills and Communication Abilities in Young Adults. Poster presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research. Baltimore, MD.
 
Zeman, J., Dickter, C. L., Burk, J., & Kittell, J. A.(May, 2016). Implicit Vs Explicit Attitudes Towards Individuals with Autism. Poster presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research. Baltimore, MD. 

Lab Funding

Eastern Virginia Medical School/W&M Collaborative Grant Program

2015: The development and validation of an online intervention to improve emotion identification of complex facial emotions in young adults with an autism spectrum disorder.

2013: Enhancing selective attention in young adults on the autism spectrum: Development of an online intervention.