Autism Sensory and Repetitive Behavior Research Cascio Lab Vanderbilt University Medical Center

Our Publications


Sandbank, M., Cascio, C. Using a motion-tracking device to facilitate motion control in children with ASD for neuroimaging. Developmental Rehabilitation, doi: 10.1080/17518423.2018.1502831, 2018.

Cascio, CJ, Moore, D, McGlone, F. Social touch and human development. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, pii: S1878-9293(17)30196-2, 2018.  

Gliga, T, Farroni, T., Cascio, CJ. Social touch: a new vista for developmental cognitive neuroscience? Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, pii: S1878-9293(18)30114-2, 2018.

Williams, ZJ, Failla, MD, Gotham, KO, Woynaroski, TG, Cascio C. Psychometric evaluation of the short sensory profile in youth with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities. doi: 10.1007/s10803-018-3678-7. 2018

Damiano-Goodwin, CR, Woynaroski, TG, Simon, DM, Ibanez, LV, Murias, M, Kirby, A, Newsom, CR, Wallace, MT, Stone, WL, Cascio, CJ. Developmental sequelae and neurophysiologic substrates of sensory seeking in infant siblings of children with autism spectrum disorder. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 29:41-43, 2018.

Noel, JP, Lytle, MN, Cascio, CJ, Wallace, MT. Disrupted Integration of Exteroceptive and Interoceptive Signaling in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism Research, 11(1): 194-205, 2018.


Woodward, ND, Giraldo-Chica, M, Rogers, BP, Cascio, CJ. Thalamocortical dysconnectivity in autism spectrum disorder: An analysis of the Autism Brain Imaging Data Exchange (ABIDE). Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging, 2:76-84, 2017.

Noel, JP, Cascio, CJ, Wallace, MT, Park, S. The spatial self in schizophrenia and autism spectrum disorder. Schizophrenia Research179: 8-12, 2017.

Mash, LE, Schauder, KB, Cochran, C, Park, S, Cascio, CJ. The development of interoceptive cognition in autism spectrum disorder and typical development (In press, Journal of Cognitive Education and Psychology).

Failla, MD, Moana-Filho, E, Essick, G, Baranek, GT, Rogers, B, Cascio, CJ. (in press). Intact initial response to pain in autism is diminished during sustained pain. Autism: International Journal of Research and Practice. DOI: 10.1177/136236131769043, [epub ahead of print], 2017.

Simon, DM, Damiano, CR, Woynaroski, TG, Ibanez, LV, Murias, M, Stone, WL, Wallace, MT, Cascio, CJ. Neural correlates of hyporesponsiveness in toddlers at high risk for autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, doi: 10.1007/s10803-017-3191-4, 2017.

Failla, MD, Peters, B, Karbasforoushan, H, Foss-Feig, JH, Schauder K, Heflin, BH, Cascio, CJ. Intra-insular connectivity and somatosensory responsiveness in young children with ASD. Molecular Autism, Jun 13;8:25. doi: 10.1186/s13229-017-0143-y, 2017.


Foss-Feig, JH, McGugin, RW, Gauthier, I, Mash, LE, Ventola P, Cascio, CJ. A functional neuroimaging study of fusiform response to restricted interests in children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders, 8:15. DOI: 10.1186/s11689-016-9149-6, 2016.

Riddle, K, Cascio, CJ, Woodward, ND. Brain structure in autism: A voxel-based morphometry analysis of the Autism Brain Imaging Database Exchange (ABIDE). Brain Imaging and Behavior, online ahead of print: DOI: 10.1007/s11682-016-9534-5.

Cascio, CJ, Woynaroski, T, Baranek, GT, Wallace, MT. Toward an interdisciplinary approach to understanding sensory function in autism spectrum disorder. Autism Research Apr 19. doi: 10.1002/aur.1612. [Epub ahead of print], 2016. 

Cascio, CJ, Lorenzi, J, Baranek, GT. Self-reported pleasantness ratings and examiner-coded defensiveness in response to touch in children with ASD: Effects of stimulus material and bodily location. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46(5):1528-37, 2016.


Woodward, ND, Cascio, CJ. Resting-state functional connectivity in psychiatric disorders. JAMA Psychiatry 72(8): 743-4, 2015.

Cascio, CJ, Gu, C, Schauder, KB, Key, AP, Yoder, P. Somatosensory event-related potentials and association with tactile behavioral responsiveness patterns in children with ASD. Brain Topography 28(6):895-903, 2015.

Schauder, KB, Muller, C, Veenstra-Vanderweele, J., Cascio, CJ. Genetic variation in serotonin transporter modulates tactile hyperresponsiveness in ASD. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 10:93-100, 2015.

Schauder, KB, Mash, LE, Bryant, LK, Cascio, CJ. Interoceptive ability and body awareness in autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Experimental Child Psychology, 131:193-200, 2015.


Fetner, MW, Cascio, CJ, Essick, G. Patient with non-verbal autism spectrum disorder and obstructive sleep apnea: use of desensitization to acclimatize to a dental appliance. Pediatric Dentistry, 36(7):499-501, 2014. 

Pryweller, JR, Schauder, KB, Anderson, AW, Heacock, JL, Foss-Feig, JH, Newsom, CR, Loring, WA, Cascio, CJ. White matter correlates of sensory processing in autism spectrum disorders. Neuroimage: Clinical, doi: 10.1016/j.nicl.2014.09.01, 2014.

Cascio, CJ, Foss-Feig, JH, Heacock, J, Schauder, KB, Loring, WA, Rogers, BP, Pryweller, JR, Newsom, CR, Cockhren, J, Cao, A, Bolton, S.  Affective neural response to restricted interests in autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 55(2):162-71, 2014.

Foss-Feig, JH, Tadin, D, Schauder, KB, Cascio CJ. A substantial and unexpected enhancement of motion perception in autism. Journal of Neuroscience, May 8;33(19):8243-9, 2013.


Cascio, CJ, Foss-Feig, JH, Burnette, CP, Heacock, JL, Cosby, AA. The rubber hand illusion in children with autism spectrum disorders: delayed influence of combined tactile and visual input on proprioception. Autism, 16(4) 406-19, 2012

Foss-Feig, JH, Heacock, JL, Cascio, CJ. Tactile responsiveness patterns and their association with core features in autism spectrum disorders. Res Autism Spectr Disord, 6(1):337-344, 2012

Bauernfeind, AL, Dietrich, ML, Blackford, JU, Charboneau, EJ, Lillevig, JG, Cannistraci, CJ, Woodward, ND, Cao, A, Watkins, T, DiIorio, CR, Cascio, C, Salomon, RM, Cowan, RL. Human ecstasy use is associated with increased cortical excitability: an fMRI study.  Neuropsychopharmacology, 36(6), 1127-41, 2011.

Kwakye, LD, Foss-Feig, JH, Cascio, CJ, Stone, WL, Wallace, MT.  Altered auditory and multisensory temporal processing in autism spectrum disorders.  Front Integr Neurosci,  4:129, 2011.

2007 and earlier

Cascio, CJ, Gerig, G, Piven, J. Diffusion tensor imaging: Application to the study of the developing brain. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry, 46(2), 213-23, 2007.

Tommerdahl, M, Tannan, V, Cascio, CJ, Baranek, GT, Whitsel, BL. Vibrotactile adaptation fails to enhance spatial localization in adults with autism. Brain Res, 1154, 116-23, 2007.

Cascio, C, Styner, M, Smith, RG, Poe, MD, Gerig, G, Hazlett, HC, Jomier, M, Bammer, R, Piven, J. Reduced relationship to cortical white matter volume revealed by tractography-based segmentation of the corpus callosum in young children with developmental delay. Am J Psychiatry, 163(12), 2157-63, 2006.

Styner, MA, Oguz, I, Smith, RG, Cascio, C, Jomier, M. Corpus callosum subdivision based on a probabilistic model of inter-hemispheric connectivity. Med Image Comput Comput Assist Interv, 8(Pt 2), 765-72, 2005.

Cascio, CJ, Sathian, K. Temporal cues contribute to tactile perception of roughness. J Neurosci, 21(14), 5289-96, 2001.

Gingrich, B, Liu, Y, Cascio, C, Wang, Z, Insel, TR. Dopamine D2 receptors in the nucleus accumbens are important for social attachment in female prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster). Behav Neurosci, 114(1), 173-83, 2000.

Wang, Z, Yu, G, Cascio, C, Liu, Y, Gingrich, B, Insel, TR. Dopamine D2 receptor-mediated regulation of partner preferences in female prairie voles (Microtus ochrogaster): a mechanism for pair bonding. Behav Neurosci, 113(3), 602-11, 1999.

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