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Loisa Bennetto, Ph.D.

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Professor Bennetto's research interests focus on the neurocognitive bases of autism and other developmental disorders. Her recent work examines the role of multisensory processing in social-communication difficulties and in everyday behaviors, including restricted food preferences.

My program of research is broadly directed at examining the neurocognitive bases of developmental disabilities, with the ultimate goal of understanding how atypical neurocognitive development relates to deficits in social-communication difficulties as well as everyday difficulties with adaptive functioning. My lab focuses primarily on understanding autism spectrum disorders, but we have also been working to understand other developmental disorders such as Down syndrome, as well as normal developmental processes.

Our recent work examines the role of multisensory processing in several domains, including social communication and feeding. Some of our current projects in the domain of social communication in autism examine audiovisual speech perception, hearing-in-noise perception (including both speech-in-noise and music-in-noise), speech-and-gesture production and comprehension, and the role of atypical sensorimotor function in facial expressiveness. Our research on feeding investigates the role of multisensory processing in the development of restrictive food preferences (picky eating) in children with autism. We are interested in understanding the relative roles of sensory functions (including taste and olfaction), behavioral factors (e.g., restricted behavior style, neophobia), and family preferences on eating behaviors.



BA | Yale University

PhD | University of Denver
Clinical Psychology


Journal Articles

Park WJ, Schauder KB, Kwon OS, Bennetto L, Tadin D. "Atypical visual motion prediction abilities in autism spectrum disorder." Clinical psychological science : a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.. 2021 Sep 1; 9(5):944-960. Epub 2021 Apr 13.

Cubit LS, Canale R, Handsman R, Kidd C, Bennetto L. "Visual Attention Preference for Intermediate Predictability in Young Children." Child development.. 2021 Jan 8; Epub 2021 Jan 08.

Zampella CJ, Bennetto L, Herrington JD. "Computer Vision Analysis of Reduced Interpersonal Affect Coordination in Youth With Autism Spectrum Disorder." Autism research : official journal of the International Society for Autism Research.. 2020 Jul 15; Epub 2020 Jul 15.