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Clinical Science Brown Bag Series

Tuesday, January 16, 2018,
  • Location: Wilson Hall • 111 21St Ave S • Nashville, TN 37240
  • Room: 316

Miriam Lense, PhD

Department of Otolaryngology

Vanderbilt University

“It don’t mean a thing if it ain’t got that swing”: Rhythm and Social Engagement in Typical Development, Autism, and Williams syndrome

Successful social engagement relies on predictable behaviors to which individuals are sensitive from infancy. I will present results from a series of studies examining the development of social rhythmic entrainment over the first years of life. I will demonstrate how individuals modulate their attention during rhythmic communication with an emphasis on infant-directed singing, and also discuss the role of visual and vocal prosodic information in this entrainment. Applications of this research for children and adults with social communication difficulties such as autism and Williams syndrome will be discussed.