April Benasich

Elizabeth H. Solomon Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

  • 2631 Citations
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1985 …2020

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Dr. April A. Benasich is the Elizabeth H. Solomon Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience. She is also the Director of the Infancy Studies Laboratory at the Center for Molecular and Behavioral Neuroscience, Rutgers University-Newark and Director of the Carter Center for Neurocognitive Research. Her research uses converging paradigms and prospective longitudinal studies to explore the human developing brain, the dynamics of early brain plasticity and the role of attention and sensory recruitment in the construction of early brain networks crucial to normative language and cognitive development. 

Her most recent work examines the effects of an adaptive, interactive behavioral protocol that supports formation of pre-linguistic brain maps early in life, thus optimizing auditory brain mapping and later language development. A patented interactive toy-like device – now in the prototype stage – has been designed to facilitate active technology transfer to home, daycare and clinic settings and hopefully provide “real-world” intervention solutions.

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  • Stability of neuronal avalanches and long-range temporal correlations during the first year of life in human infants

    Jannesari, M., Saeedi, A., Zare, M., Ortiz-Mantilla, S., Plenz, D. & Benasich, A. A., Apr 1 2020, In : Brain Structure and Function. 225, 3, p. 1169-1183 15 p.

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    Open Access
  • 2 Scopus citations

    Change detection to tone pairs during the first year of life – Predictive longitudinal relationships for EEG-based source and time-frequency measures

    Hämäläinen, J. A., Ortiz-Mantilla, S. & Benasich, A., Sep 2019, In : NeuroImage. 198, p. 83-92 10 p.

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  • Early Interactive Acoustic Experience with Non-speech Generalizes to Speech and Confers a Syllabic Processing Advantage at 9 Months

    Ortiz-Mantilla, S., Realpe-Bonilla, T. & Benasich, A. A., 2019, In : Cerebral Cortex. 29, 4, p. 1789-1801 13 p.

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  • 2 Scopus citations

    Minimally-verbal children with autism show deficits in theta and gamma oscillations during processing of semantically-related visual information

    Ortiz-Mantilla, S., Cantiani, C., Shafer, V. L. & Benasich, A. A., Dec 1 2019, In : Scientific reports. 9, 1, 5072.

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    Open Access
  • 2 Scopus citations