Speech understanding
Subjects & tests
Predicted results
Hypotheses & rationale

Auditory agnosia
Asphyxia at birth
Human infants
Functional MRI
Fetal alcohol syndrome
fMRI of language processing
Trophic transmitters
Longterm outcome
Myelin maturation
Learning to speak
Kanner autism
Metabolism in the brain
Vasodilation response
The Bohr effect
Circulatory arrest
Brainstem damage
Thiamine deficiency
Autism & prenatal alcohol
Autism & valproic acid
Autism & infections
Autism & PKU
Autism & genetic disorders
Autism & medical disorders
Autism & perinatal problems
Figure 4 – Human ischemic injury
Figure 3 – Ischemic injury
Figure 3 (above): Damage to the inferior
colliculi in a newborn monkey subjected
to 12 minutes of total asphyxia by
suffocation and clamping of the umbilical
cord. (from Myers, 1972).
Figure 4 (right): Visible damage in the
inferior colliculi (bottom) in the brain of a
human infant (from Leech & Alvord 1977,
with permission from the American
Medical Association).
Research Proposal