SciNaPPS Seminar: Social anxiety in austism spectrum disorders: A new target for new treatments?

12 September 2012

SciNaPPS - Science, Neurology, and Psychiatry/Psychology Seminars - presents this free seminar on social anxiety in austism spectrum disorders.

Presented by Stefano Pallanti, MD PhD Professor of Psychiatry, University of Florence (Italy) and Mount Sinai School of Medicine, New York (USA)

ABSTRACT: Social Anxiety Disorder (SAD) is characterized by fearing of humiliation or embarrassment in social situations, leading to social withdrawal and isolation. Early age of onset increases the risk. There is substantial co- morbidity with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), a disorder defined by qualitative impairment in reciprocal social development, coupled with deviant, delayed development and communication, and restricted behaviour and interests. Assessment of this overlap involves several issues, including hypervigilance-avoidance biases, gaze aversion, facial emotion recognition, social information apprehension and processing; all these functions can be assessed but also modulated with neurophysiology and might represent a target in both assessment and comprehensive care of ASD. Thus, investigation may prove important for treatment of anxious symptoms that coexists in ASD.

Time: 1.00pm - 2.00pm

Location: Level 5 Lecture Theatre, 94 Mallet St, Camperdown.

Cost: Free

Contact: Wayne Reid

Phone: (02) 9114 4006

Email: 414a18092f66431c591004211c560b3d3f6b2d0b13422e1f

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