Stewart H. Mostofsky, director of the Laboratory for Neurocognitive and Imaging Research at the Kennedy Krieger Institute and Johns Hopkins University, will discuss “Motor and Social Skill Function: Connecting Learning and Brain Function in Autism” during the March UC Davis MIND Institute Distinguished Lecturer Series presentation.
The lecture will be held on Wednesday, March 12 from 4:30 p.m. to 6 p.m. in the MIND Institute auditorium, 2825 50th St. in Sacramento. The event is free and open to the public and no reservations are required.
Motofsky’s presentation will focus on the anomalous patterns of motor learning exhibited by children with autism, and the correlation of these patterns with measures of their social and communication delays. These findings suggest that motor and social and communicative functioning may be related and contribute to the overall impaired development in these children. He will present findings on this paradigm, including convergent data from neuroimaging studies of children with autism that reveal abnormalities in connectivity between brain regions involved in visual and motor functioning.
Motofsky also is medical director of the Center for Autism and Related Disorders (CARD) at the Kennedy Krieger Institute. His research integrates neurological and behavioral assessments of motor and cognitive functioning, anatomical and functional neuroimaging, and electrophysiologic/brain stimulation approaches. His efforts are focused on identifying patterns of dysfunctional sensorimotor processing in autism and ADHD, and on the subsequent use of these findings to both understand the brain basis of these disorders and identify novel approaches to therapy.