Multimodal Neuroimaging Study of Sex Differences in Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder

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New Jersey Institute of Technology

Project Description

This study aims to examine whether girls with autism have similar or different brain mechanisms as boys.

Girls are less likely to develop autism spectrum disorder (ASD). But at the same time, girls have been largely overlooked in ASD research. In this study, we will use non-invasive magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to study early alterations in brain structure and functions in girls and boys with ASD. We are particularly interested in studying how different brain regions are connected and how these connections are altered in ASD. MRI does not use x-rays, and has no known harmful effects.

Selection Criteria

  • Girls and boys
  • Age 7 to 11 years old.
  • Both typically developing and children with ASD
  • Right-handed
  • No history of neurological conditions 
  • No history of psychiatric disorders other than ASD
  • No metal implants, foreign bodies, or pacemakers


$50 for the behavioral testing visit

$100 for the MRI scanning visit

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Team Members

Xin Di
Principal Investigator

Walter Zahorodny
(973) 972-6577

Xiaobo Li

Bharat Biswal

Erick Delgado
Research Assistant
(908) 812-3685