Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Interaction (NEVIA) Group
Head: Prof. Christine Falter-Wagner
Our research focuses, broadly, on the mechanisms, diagnosis, and treatment of neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD).
Neurodevelopmental disorders often persist over the life span and can be accompanied by psychiatric comorbidities. A major focus of our research lies in investigating the communication patterns in interactions of people with ASD. Importantly, non-verbal communication in ASD is characterized by qualitative differences in single communicative behaviours and in their integration (e.g. eye gaze and gestures). Temporal factors play a major role in these differences. We assess these and related factors by means of psychophysical experiments, movement analyses, eye-tracking, psychophysiological measurements, neuroimaging, and neuroendocrine measures. Furthermore, we work on the development of diagnostic and screening instruments.
If you’re interested in joining our group for an internship or thesis project (e.g. Modul 6, BSc or MSc) please contact Prof. Falter-Wagner. Please attach your CV (including relevant experience in research methods) and a time plan (preferred starting date, duration, hours per week).