Noah Sasson, PhD School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Assistant professor of developmental psychology
Dr. Sasson’s research is aimed at improving understanding of the perceptual and cognitive mechanisms that contribute to social dysfunction in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). By comparing the visual attention patterns of individuals with and without ASD as they view stimuli and engage in various social cognitive tasks, he hopes to gain insight into how different people perceive and process social information. The ultimate goal of his work is to identify specific factors underlying impairments in social functioning that may be amenable to treatment and intervention.
Sasson is also interested in how these factors may differ from those in other disorders (e.g., schizophrenia) that are diagnostically and etiologically distinct from ASD but overlap in aspects of social dysfunction.
Additionally, Sasson conducts research examining repetitive behaviors and restricted interests in ASD. Some of his recent work has involved examining whether the presence of certain interests interferes with other developmental processes.
Sasson received his PhD in developmental psychology from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Updated: February 1, 2013