THE ROLE OF THE CEREBELLUM IN THE NEURO-BIOLOGICAL BASIS OF AUTISM

Aim of the present research line is to characterize the role of the cerebello-cortical circuits in specific Theory of Mind (ToM) aspects.
For the first time it is directly compared the ToM performance and neuro-anatomical alterations in patients affected by genetic Spino-Cerebellar Ataxia (SCAs) and Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASDs) patients, opening new perspectives about a cerebellar role in autism.
An ad-hoc ToM battery and advanced MRI methods to evaluate the structural and functional alterations in cerebellar-cortical circuits of SCAs and ASDs patients are applied.