Areas of Research

Cognitive Development Lab

Global and Local Visual Processing – Autism Spectrum Disorder

 I am interested in using objective measures of eye-tracking, including pupillometry, to examine global and local processing in ASD. 

Gordon Vision Lab

Visual Evoked Potentials – Autism Spectrum Disorder

The heterogeneity of autism presents many challenges in understanding the disorder. My research employs objective measures to examine visual evoked potential (VEP) responses of children with idiopathic autism (iASD) and Phelan-Mcdermid syndrome (PMS) to a contrast-reversing checkerboard in both long (60-second) and short (2-second) duration conditions.



Brittenham, C., Gordon, J., Zemon,V., Siper, P. M. Objective frequency analysis of visual evoked potentials in autistic children. (2021). Autism Research. Advance online publication.

Siper, P. M., Rowe, M. A., Guillory, S. B., Rouhandeh, A. A., George-Jones, J. L., Tavassoli, T., Lurie, S., Zweifach, J., Weissman, J., Foss-Feig, J., Halpern, D., Trelles, P., Mulhern, M.S., Brittenham, C., Gordon, J., Zemon,V., Buxbaum, J., Kolevzon, A. (2021). Visual evoked potential abnormalities in Phelan-McDermid syndrome. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Advance online publication.




Brittenham, C., Soker-Elimaliah, S., Wagner, J. B., Diminished left gaze bias to faces in infants with elevated autism-related traits. In International Congress of Infant Studies 2022 Conference.

Brittenham, C., Wagner, J. B., Lack of Left Gaze Bias to Faces in Adults with High Levels of Autistic Traits. In International Society for Autism Research 2022 Conference.

Brittenham, C., Wagner, J. B., Tager-Flusberg, H., & Nelson, C. A. Exploring Face Inversion Effects and Attentional Biases in Infants at High Risk for ASD. In International Society for Autism Research 2021 Virtual Meeting

Nunez, V., Gordon, J., Brittenham, C., McNeil, R., Pertsovskaya, V., Yin, Y., & Shapley, R. (2019). Double-opponent cells in Parvocellular and Koniocellular pathways contribute to the perception of color in color patterns. Journal of Vision, 19(15), 7-7.

Nunez, V., Shapley, R., Schuette, P., Amir, A., Brittenham, C., Butt, A., Chan, N., Syed Ali, H., Pehme, P., Ridwan, C. S., Song, Y., Gordon, J. Evidence of Nonlinear Edge Mechanism in Cortical Responses to Color in the cVEP. Perception 2016 Meeting. 45, 213-213.