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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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Current Researchers

 Kat Fleckenstein

Katarina Fleckenstein, Honors Student

Class of 2017

 
Sloan Tandet
Sloan Tandet

Class of 2017

 

 

 

 Sara TaylorSara Taylor, Honors Student

Class of 2017

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Recent Lab Presentations

International Meeting for Autism Research, May, 2016

Dickter, Burk, Zeman, Mitchell, Chaney, Ball, & Urbano. The use of an online intervention to improve emotion identification in clinical and non-clinical young adults with a range of autistic behaviors.

Mitchell, Dickter, & Burk. Assessing temporal and contextual factors affecting preferential attention to faces in individuals with high and low levels of autistic traits.

Taylor, Dickter, & Burk. Working memory and emotion processing related to autistic behaviors.

Burk, Dickter, Zeman, & Fleckenstein. Differences in reaction time to detect emotion faces varies based on autistic social skills and communication abilities in young adults.

Zeman, Dickter, Burk, & Kittell. Implicit vs. explicit attitudes towards individuals with autism.

 

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.