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  • Lindsay Oberman, PhD

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      Researching Brain Stimulation For Autism
      Lindsay Oberman, PhD, a research associate at Bradley Hospital, discusses her work with transcranial magnetic stimulation, a technology being used in autism studies and treatment.
    • Director of the Neuroplasticity and Autism Spectrum Disorder Program, Bradley Hospital

    Background Information

    Lindsay Oberman received her PhD in experimental psychology at University of California, San Diego in 2007. While in graduate school she used electroencephalography (EEG) and electromyography (EMG) to study the brain basis of social impairments in children with autism spectrum disorders.

    Oberman then obtained a mentored postdoctoral fellowship at the Berenson-Allen Center for Noninvasive Brain Stimulation at Harvard Medical School where she developed paradigms using transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS) to study brain plasticity and excitability in individuals with autism spectrum disorders.

    Oberman was an Instructor in the department of neurology at Harvard Medical School with appointments both at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center and Children’s Hospital, Boston prior to coming to Bradley Hospital.

    Research Interests

    Oberman's research focuses on autism spectrum disorders. Autism is a pervasive developmental disorder characterized by a number of impairments including a lack of social empathy, a lack of understanding of others' thoughts and facial expressions, a delayed or complete absence of communication skills, difficulty with imagination, and difficulty with social interaction.

    Though many theories exist on the neurological basis of this enigmatic disorder, the exact cause is largely unknown. Oberman's research interest lies in using electrophysiological techniques (such as EEG and TMS and TCS) to investigate neural circuits whose dysfunction may account for the behavioral pathology seen in autism spectrum disorders with the long term goal of developing novel therapeutic interventions.

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