April Benasich

Elizabeth H. Solomon Professor of Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience

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    1986 …2019
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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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    Projects 2017 2019

    Research Output 1986 2019

    Auditory Cortex
    2 Citations (Scopus)

    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., Jan 1 2019, In : Cerebral Cortex. 29, 4, p. 1789-1801 13 p.

    Rutgers, The State University

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    Auditory Cortex
    Open Access
    Autistic Disorder
    Child Language
    Occipital Lobe
    1 Citation (Scopus)

    Reduced left-lateralized pattern of event-related EEG oscillations in infants at familial risk for language and learning impairment

    Cantiani, C., Ortiz-Mantilla, S., Riva, V., Piazza, C., Bettoni, R., Musacchia, G., Molteni, M., Marino, C. & Benasich, A., Jan 1 2019, In : NeuroImage: Clinical. 22, 101778.

    Rutgers, The State University

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
    Language Development

    Effects of noise and age on the infant brainstem response to speech

    Musacchia, G., Ortiz-Mantilla, S., Roesler, C. P., Rajendran, S., Morgan-Byrne, J. & Benasich, A., Dec 1 2018, In : Clinical Neurophysiology. 129, 12, p. 2623-2634 12 p.

    Rutgers, The State University

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Brain Stem
    Fourier Analysis
    Evoked Potentials