Cognition Research

The Research Center’s cognition studies seek to understand and treat cognitive impairments in children and adolescents with a variety of health conditions including Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and brain injuries. Our studies look at innovative techniques for learning and memory, as well as the ability to process emotions.

Our Current Studies

Modified Story Memory Technique Study (ages 9-17): This study investigates whether a memory training program called the Modified Story Memory Technique can improve learning of school-aged children following a traumatic brain injury. For more information, please contact Lauren Hendrix at 973-324-8384

Cognitive and Neural Correlates of Action Control in ADHD (ages 6-10): The purpose of this research study is to use computer-based games to understand how children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) control their actions on and off medication. For more information, please contact Michael Dacanay at

Characterizing Action Control in Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder Using Contingency Degradation Paradigm (ages 6-10): This research study aims to understand how children diagnosed with ADHD control their behavior and choose their actions. It involves completing paper-and-pencil measures and playing computer-based games. For more information, please contact Michael Dacanay at

Examination of Emotional Processing in Children with Traumatic Brain Injury or Autism (7-18): This is an exploratory study to learn how children with a brain injury or autism perceive the emotions of others.For more information, please contact Lauren Hendrix at 973-324-8384

More Studies in Cognition

Remediation of Pediatric Attentional Deficits using the APT-3 (ages 10-17 years): This study is examining whether an attention program called the Attention Process Training-3 (APT-3) can improve the attention of school-aged children diagnosed with ADHD or children who have a history of concussion.

Our Recent Publications

Juliano, Anthony C., et al. "Feasibility of a school-based mindfulness program for improving inhibitory skills in children with autism spectrum disorder." Research in Developmental Disabilities 101 (2020): 103641.

Larson, J. J., Graham, D. L., Singer, L. T., Beckwith, A. M., Terplan, M., Davis, J. M., ... & Bada, H. S. (2019). Cognitive and behavioral impact on children exposed to opioids during pregnancy. Pediatrics, 144(2), e20190514.

Marchetta CM, Maruyama R, Galifi L, O'Reilly C. Evaluating a multidisciplinary inpatient program for youth with type 1 diabetes mellitus. Pediatr Diabetes. 2020; 1–8.

Natsheh, J.Y. & Shiflett, M.W. (2018). Dopaminergic Modulation of Goal-Directed Behavior in a Rodent Model of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder. Autism.

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