Can interaction-focused skills training improve social cue integration in adults with autism?

International Postdoc Grant from Independant Research Fund Denmark

2017.10.12 | Anne-Mette Pedersen

Hanna Thaler has received 1.521.208 kr. for an International Postdoc Project between Max Planck Institute of Psychiatry and Aarhus Universitet.


Individuals with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) experience difficulties in social interactions that affect their emotional wellbeing and functioning in everyday life. However, systematic research on interventions targeting these difficulties in adults with ASD is scarce. The main aim of the proposed research project is to further develop and test an interaction-focused group intervention that is tailored to adults with ASD. It applies a novel computational account of ASD that provides a unifying explanation for the diverse symptoms seen in ASD, providing more objective measure of treatment outcomes. This is the first attempt to investigate an intervention that is based on a state-of-the-art computational theory of brain functioning in ASD. It will help fill an important knowledge gap of psychosocial support systems in Denmark, Germany, and around the world, and will directly benefit the wellbeing of adults with ASD. 


Hanna Thaler, Postdoc, IMC

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