Scientists Leslie Carver and Eric Courchesne will delve into science's current understanding about autism. Leslie will explore social reward processing in those with ASD, and Eric will explain why the constant reported "breakthroughs" haven't seemed to make a real difference yet.
Social and nonsocial reward processing in autism
I will discuss research on social reward processing in ASD, and whether differences in brain responses to social rewards in ASD reflect something aversive about social rewards, something engaging about nonsocial rewards, or something else. Although I have research data that speak to this question, I am most interested in a discussion of how the real life experiences of people with ASD relate to questions regarding reward processing.