Open Symposium on Social Brain, Social Robotics, and Autism Spectrum Disorder

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    • Monday November 10, 2014
      6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
  • Location: Academy of Medicine, 875 West Peachtree Street, NW Atlanta, GA 30309
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Stephanie Tofighi,, 404-385-7450


Summary Sentence: Open symposium to learn about and discuss advances in Autism Spectrum Disorder related research

Full Summary: The Computational Behavioral Science and Socially Assistive Robotics NSF Expeditions in Computing projects and the Atlanta Autism Consortium would like to invite you to attend an open symposium on The Social Brain, Social Robotics, and Autism Spectrum Disorder taking place next Monday, November 10, 2014 at 7:00pm in the Academy of Medicine upper level Theater. The speakers will be Emory professor and Oxytocin expert, Larry Young as well as Yale Robotics professor, Brian Scassellati. Please find the announcement attached. We look forward to seeing you at the event, and would appreciate you RSVPing by following this LINK


Brian Scassellati, Ph.D. (Yale University, Computer & Cognitive Science, and Mechanical Engineering)

 Larry Young, Ph.D. (Emory University, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences)

 Moderator: Gregory D. Abowd, D.Phil., (Georgia Tech)


Presentation Summaries:

Perspectives on robots and autism

Brian Scassellati

In the last decade, there has been a slowly growing interaction between robotics researchers and clinicians to look at the viability of using robots to enhance social and behavioral skills for individuals with autism.  Dr. Scassellati will introduce some of the evidence that generated this excitement, discuss the challenges required in building useful assistive technology, and show some of the limitations of this type of assistance.

The Neurobiology of the Social Brain: Implications for Autism

Larry Young

Dr. Young will discuss his research in the highly social and monogamous prairie vole which has revealed a critical role for the neuropeptide, oxytocin in regulating many aspects of social relationships, including parent-infant attachment, social bonding and empathy. Oxytocin interacts with the brain’s reward system to increase the salience of social information.  There are remarkable parallels between the effects of oxytocin on social cognition in rodents, primates and man.  Preliminary studies suggest that elevating brain oxytocin levels may improve some aspects of social function in individuals with autism.  Dr. Young will discuss the limitations of these studies as well as novel approaches targeting the oxytocin system that have potential for improving social cognition for individuals on the spectrum.

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In Campus Calendar

College of Computing, School of Computer Science, School of Interactive Computing, School of Computational Science and Engineering

Invited Audience
Undergraduate students, Faculty/Staff, Public, Graduate students
Autism Spectrum Disorder, Oxytocin, Social Robotics
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