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January 7, 2015
Investigations of Brain Plasticity in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Alvaro Pascual-Leone, MD, PhD

Tags: Over 18; Brain imaging studies

Location: Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center

We are currently seeking participants for a brain research study at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center.

The main purpose of this study is to compare brain plasticity between people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), people who are intellectually disabled and people who have typical intellectual function. Research suggests that during development the brains of individuals with ASD may change in response to their experiences differently than the brains of typically developing or intellectually disabled individuals.  We want to understand why and how this difference may contribute to the symptoms of ASD.

Brain plasticity is the brain’s ability to change and learn through experience. In this study, we will measure brain plasticity with transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS).

TMS is a noninvasive way of stimulating the brain.  TMS uses a magnetic field to cause activity in the brain.  The magnetic field is produced by a coil that is held next to the scalp.  In this study, we will use TMS to create activity in the brain, and then measure the brain’s response to the activity.

To participate, you must be between the ages of 21-65 and have either:

  • A diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder
  • An intellectual Disability
  • Typical intellectual function

If interested, please contact Gabrielle Block at or at 617-667-0206

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If interested, please contact Gabrielle Block at or at 617-667-0206



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