Mikle South




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Phone: 801-422-4058

Email: southlabMikle@gmail.com@byu.edu phoria

The South lab conducts research on emotion regulation in autism spectrum disorders (ASD), especially the shared brain mechanisms that underlie associated anxiety and autism symptoms. We use behavioral, psychophysiological (e.g., skin conductance, cardiac impedance), electroencephalography (EEG), and functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) methods to measure response to various kinds of stress. I have active collaborations both on campus (Michael Larson, Patrick Steffen, Brock Kirwan, Neal Bangerter) and internationally (Michael Crowley at the Yale Child Study Center and Jacqui Rodgers at Newcastle University, UK). We have recently demonstrated intact fear conditioning but delayed reversal learning in ASD. We have also demonstrated reduced brain response to internal error monitoring but intact response to external feedback cues in ASD.
Mikle South's research group is currently studying high-functioning ADULTS ages 18–30 who have been diagnosed with ASD including autism, Asperger's, or PDD. We have studies of IQ, memory, and emotion. There is a possibility for brain imaging studies using EEG or MRI but these aren't necessary.