Principal Investigator

Loisa Bennetto, Ph.D. University of Rochester work Box 270266 Rochester NY 14627-0268 office: Meliora 492 p 585-275-8712

Research Projects

  • Taste, Smell, and Feeding Behavior in Autism: A Quantitative Traits Study

    Taste, Smell, and Feeding Behavior in Autism: A Quantitative Traits Study

    In our previous work, we found that individuals with autism process tastes and smells differently from their peers. Furthermore, these differences may be related to their likes and dislikes of certain foods. In this study, we are building on these findings to better understand sensory functions in children with autism spectrum disorders and their families. We hope this study will help to advance autism research and clinical practice in several ways. More info...

  • Efferent Feedback and Hearing-in-Noise Perception in Autism

    Efferent Feedback and Hearing-in-Noise Perception in Autism

    The ability to detect speech in noisy environments is critical for effective communication. Indeed, the speech we hear is frequently accompanied by background noise, such as other people talking or noises in the environment (e.g., traffic, fans, music). Typically, our brains help us to separate the relevant auditory signal (speech) from this background noise, by sending information from the brain back to the inner ear. More info...

  • Temporal Synchrony and Audiovisual Integration in Autism and Typical Development

    Temporal Synchrony and Audiovisual Integration in Autism and Typical Development

    Have you ever noticed how difficult it is to watch television when the auditory and visual information are out of sync? Our brains use temporal cues to link information coming from different sources. Individuals with autism often have difficulty combining information from different sources, and part of this difficulty may come from problems using temporal information. Among other things, difficulties in this area can have a significant impact on communication (e.g., quickly picking up on which person in a group is talking to you). More info...

  • Brain Activity During Speech Comprehension in Autism

    Brain Activity During Speech Comprehension in Autism

    Recent research suggests that people with autism have difficulty integrating information from multiple sensory inputs. Our previous studies showed that children with autism have difficulty using visual information, such as lip movements and gestures, to help with language comprehension. The current study builds on these findings by examining brain activity associated with auditory and visual processing in autism. More info...

Becoming a Participant

  • We study child development, including autism and other developmental disabilities.
  • You may qualify for one of our studies if you have a child, or children, between the ages of 5-25.
  • We are interested in both children with autism spectrum disorders and children who do not have autism.
  • Participants are paid for their time.
  • If you would like to learn more about our recruitment process, or wish to submit your contact information to the lab for participation consideration, please visit the recruitment page.