Join us on Wednesday, April 26 for the Munroe-Meyer Institute Community lecture with guest Mark T. Wallace, PhD, Dean of Graduate Studies at Vanderbilt University and Professor of Psychology and Hearing & Speech Sciences. The lecture begins at 5:00 pm, with cocktails and refreshments at 4:30 pm.
There is no cost to attend and RSVPs are not required.
We gain a faster and more accurate perception of the world when we use information from multiple senses, and this process is a critical for the functional development of the brain. Without appropriate integration and segregation of sensory cues, the world becomes the blooming and buzzing confusion. Up to 90 percent of individuals with autism tend to integrate auditory and visual information over longer windows of time. They may be either insensitive or oversensitive to sensory stimuli. They may also be ‘sensory seeking,’ stimulating their senses through repetitive behaviors such as twirling or hand flapping. Importantly, brain regions underlying multisensory processing are highly malleable, and multisensory training proved to be highly effective in changing temporal perception. Dr. Wallace’s studies of multisensory integration training in individuals with autism focuses on changing the perception of the outside world and provide a foundation for new strategies for autism treatments.