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Developmental changes in mu suppression to observed and executed actions in autism spectrum disorders

Lindsay M Oberman, Joseph P McCleery, Edward M Hubbard, Raphael Bernier, Roeljan Wiersema UGent, Ruth Raymaekers UGent and Jaime A Pineda (2013) SOCIAL COGNITIVE AND AFFECTIVE NEUROSCIENCE. 8(3). p.300-304
abstract
There has been debate over whether disruptions in the mirror neuron system (MNS) play a key role in the core social deficits observed in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). EEG mu suppression during the observation of biological actions is believed to reflect MNS functioning, but understanding of the developmental progression of the MNS and EEG mu rhythm in both typical and atypical development is lacking. To provide a more thorough and direct exploration of the development of mu suppression in individuals with ASD, a sample of 66 individuals with ASD and 51 typically developing individuals of 6-17 years old were pooled from four previously published studies employing similar EEG methodology. We found a significant correlation between age and mu suppression in response to the observation of actions, both for individuals with ASD and typical individuals. This relationship was not seen during the execution of actions. Additionally, the strength of the correlation during the observation of actions did not significantly differ between groups. The results provide evidence against the argument that mirror neuron dysfunction improves with age in individuals with ASD and suggest, instead, that a diagnosis-independent developmental change may be at the root of the correlation of age and mu suppression.
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MIRROR NEURON SYSTEM, CORTICAL ACTIVATION, MOTOR FACILITATION, EEG, CHILDREN, PERCEPTION, IMITATION, MOVEMENT, INDIVIDUALS, MOTION, autism, mu supression, mirror neuron system, development
journal title
SOCIAL COGNITIVE AND AFFECTIVE NEUROSCIENCE
volume
8
issue
3
pages
300 - 304
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Article
Web of Science id
000316420200008
JCR category
PSYCHOLOGY, EXPERIMENTAL
JCR impact factor
5.884 (2013)
JCR rank
2/83 (2013)
JCR quartile
1 (2013)
ISSN
1749-5016
DOI
10.1093/scan/nsr097
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English
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yes
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A1
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2958696
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2958696
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2012-07-09 14:26:27
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2015-06-17 10:11:29
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  abstract     = {There has been debate over whether disruptions in the mirror neuron system (MNS) play a key role in the core social deficits observed in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). EEG mu suppression during the observation of biological actions is believed to reflect MNS functioning, but understanding of the developmental progression of the MNS and EEG mu rhythm in both typical and atypical development is lacking. To provide a more thorough and direct exploration of the development of mu suppression in individuals with ASD, a sample of 66 individuals with ASD and 51 typically developing individuals of 6-17 years old were pooled from four previously published studies employing similar EEG methodology. We found a significant correlation between age and mu suppression in response to the observation of actions, both for individuals with ASD and typical individuals. This relationship was not seen during the execution of actions. Additionally, the strength of the correlation during the observation of actions did not significantly differ between groups. The results provide evidence against the argument that mirror neuron dysfunction improves with age in individuals with ASD and suggest, instead, that a diagnosis-independent developmental change may be at the root of the correlation of age and mu suppression.},
  author       = {Oberman, Lindsay M and McCleery, Joseph P and Hubbard, Edward M and Bernier, Raphael and Wiersema, Roeljan and Raymaekers, Ruth and Pineda, Jaime A},
  issn         = {1749-5016},
  journal      = {SOCIAL COGNITIVE AND AFFECTIVE NEUROSCIENCE},
  keyword      = {MIRROR NEURON SYSTEM,CORTICAL ACTIVATION,MOTOR FACILITATION,EEG,CHILDREN,PERCEPTION,IMITATION,MOVEMENT,INDIVIDUALS,MOTION,autism,mu supression,mirror neuron system,development},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {300--304},
  title        = {Developmental changes in mu suppression to observed and executed actions in autism spectrum disorders},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/scan/nsr097},
  volume       = {8},
  year         = {2013},
}

Chicago
Oberman, Lindsay M, Joseph P McCleery, Edward M Hubbard, Raphael Bernier, Roeljan Wiersema, Ruth Raymaekers, and Jaime A Pineda. 2013. “Developmental Changes in Mu Suppression to Observed and Executed Actions in Autism Spectrum Disorders.” Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience 8 (3): 300–304.
APA
Oberman, L. M., McCleery, J. P., Hubbard, E. M., Bernier, R., Wiersema, R., Raymaekers, R., & Pineda, J. A. (2013). Developmental changes in mu suppression to observed and executed actions in autism spectrum disorders. SOCIAL COGNITIVE AND AFFECTIVE NEUROSCIENCE, 8(3), 300–304.
Vancouver
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Oberman LM, McCleery JP, Hubbard EM, Bernier R, Wiersema R, Raymaekers R, et al. Developmental changes in mu suppression to observed and executed actions in autism spectrum disorders. SOCIAL COGNITIVE AND AFFECTIVE NEUROSCIENCE. 2013;8(3):300–4.
MLA
Oberman, Lindsay M, Joseph P McCleery, Edward M Hubbard, et al. “Developmental Changes in Mu Suppression to Observed and Executed Actions in Autism Spectrum Disorders.” SOCIAL COGNITIVE AND AFFECTIVE NEUROSCIENCE 8.3 (2013): 300–304. Print.