Infancy Studies Laboratory
at Rutgers University


Ortiz-Mantilla S, Cantiani C, Shafer VL, Benasich AA. Theta and gamma power index semantic processing in non-verbal/minimally-verbal children with autism. Under Review J European Neuroscience.

Koyama MS, Ortiz-Mantilla S, Roesler CP, Helferstay L, Parascando J, Morgan-Byrne J, Milham MP, Benasich AA. A modulatory effect of briefpassive auditory exposure on intrinsic functional connectivity: cerebral resilience to irrelevant information. Under Review Cerebral Cortex.

Heim S, Musacchia G, Peters S, Ortiz-Mantilla S, Benasich AA. Delineation of phase-amplitude coupling in infancy. Under Review NeuroImage.

Musacchia G, Ortiz-Mantilla S, Choudhury N, Realpe-Bonilla T, Roesler C, Benasich AA. Active auditory exposure in infancy promotes brain plasticity in Theta and Gamma oscillations. Under review, Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience.

Riva, V., Cantiani, C., Benasich, AA., Molteni, M.,Piazza, C., Giorda, R., Dionne, G., Marino, C. From CNTNAP2 to early expressive language in infancy: the mediation role of auditory processing. Under Review Cerebral Cortex.


Benasich AA, Choudhury N, Peters S, Ortiz-Mantilla, S (2016). Early Screening and Intervention of Infants at High Risk for Developmental Language Disorders. Perspectives on Language and Literacy: 24-29

Ortiz-Mantilla S, Hämäläinen JA, Realpe-Bonilla T, Benasich AA. 2016. Oscillatory dynamics underlying perceptual narrowing of native phoneme mapping from 6 to 12 months of age. Journal of Neuroscience, 36(48), 12095-12105.

Zare, M., Rezvani, Z., Benasich, AA. 2016. Automatic classification of 6-month-old infants at familial risk for language-based learning disorder using support vector machine. Clinical neurophysiology, 127, 2695-2703.

Cantiani, C., Choudhury, NA., Yu, YH., Shafer, V., Schwartz, RG., Benasich, AA. 2016. From sensory perception to lexical-semantic processing: An ERP study in non-verbal children with autism. PLoS ONE DOI:10.1371/journal.pone.0161637

Akalin Akar Z, Ortiz-Mantilla S, Benasich A, Makeig S. 2016. High-resolution EEG source imaging of one-year-old children. Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2016 IEEE 38th Annual International Conference 117-120, DOI: 10.1109/EMBC.2016.7590654

Cantiani, C., Riva, V., Piazza, C., Bettoni, R., Molteni, M., Choudhury, N., Marino, C., Benasich, AA. 2016. Auditory discrimination predicts linguistic outcome in Italian infants with and without familial risk for language learning impairment. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 20, 23-34.

Tozzi, A., Zare, M., Benasich, AA. 2016. New perspectives on spontaneous brain activity: dynamic networks and energy matter. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, DOI: 10.3389/fnhum.2016.00247.

Piazza, C., Cantiani, C., Akalin-Acar, Z., Miyakoshi, M., Benasich, AA., Reni, G., Bianchi, AM., Makeig, S. 2016. ICA-derived cortical responses indexing rapid multi-feature auditory processing in six-month-old infants. 2016. NeuroImage, 133, 75-87.


Heim, S., Choudhury, N., Benasich, A. (2015). Electrocortical Dynamics in Children with a Language-Learning Impairment Before and After Audiovisual Training. Brain Topography: 29(3): 459-476 doi: 10.1007/s10548-015-0466-y

Musacchia, G, Ortiz-Mantilla, S., Realpe-Bonilla, T., Roesler, C., Benasich, A.A. Infant auditory processing and event-related brain oscillations. (2015) J. Vis. Exp.: e52420. doi:10.3791/52420.

Heim, S., Benasich, AA., Wirth, N., Keil, A. 2015. Tracking the attentional blink profile: a cross-sectional study from childhood to adolescence. Psychological Research, 79(1), 19-27.

Choudhury, N.A., Parascando, J.A., & Benasich, A.A. 2015. Mismatch responses in school-age children and adults: Effects of rate of presentation and attention. PLoS ONE, 10(9),  DOI: 10.1371/journal.pone.0138160


Benasich, A.A.,  Choudhury, N.A., Realpe-Bonilla, T., Roesler, C.P. (2014) Plasticity in developing brain: Active auditory exposure impacts prelinguistic acoustic mapping. The Journal of Neuroscience. October 1;34(40):13349-13363 doi:10.1523/jneurosci.0972-14.2014


Ortiz-Mantilla, S., Hämäläinen, JA., Musacchia, G., Benasich, AA. Enhancement of Gamma oscillations indicates preferential processing of native over foreign phonetic contrasts in infants. Journal of Neuroscience.  2013 Nov 27;33(48):18746-54 doi: 10.1523/jneurosci.3260-13.2013

Musacchia G, Choudhury NA, Ortiz-Mantilla S, Realpe-Bonilla T, Roesler CP, Benasich AA.

Oscillatory support for rapid frequency change processing in infants.  Neuropsychologia. 2013 Sep 17;51(13):2812-2824.  doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2013.09.006.

Heim S, Benasich AA, Keil A.  Distraction by emotion in early adolescence: affective facilitation and interference during the attentional blink.  Front Psychol. 2013 Sep 3;4:580. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2013.00580.

Ortiz-Mantilla S, Benasich AA.  Neonatal electrophysiological predictors of cognitive and language development.  Dev Med Child Neurol. 2013 Sep;55(9):781-2. doi: 10.1111/dmcn.12207. Epub 2013 Jun 27.

Heim S, Keil A, Choudhury N, Thomas Friedman J, Benasich AA.  Early gamma oscillations during rapid auditory processing in children with a language-learning impairment: changes in neural mass activity after training.  Neuropsychologia. 2013 Apr;51(5):990-1001. doi: 10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2013.01.011. Epub 2013 Jan 24.


Choe MS, Ortiz-Mantilla S, Makris N, Gregas M, Bacic J, Haehn D, Kennedy D, Pienaar R, Caviness VS Jr, Benasich AA, Grant PE.  Regional infant brain development: an MRI-based morphometric analysis in 3 to 13 month olds.  Cereb Cortex. 2013 Sep;23(9):2100-17. doi: 10.1093/cercor/bhs197. Epub 2012 Jul 6.

Raschle, N., Zuk, J., Ortiz-Mantilla, S., Sliva, D., Franceschi, A., Grant, P.E., Benasich, A.A., & Gaab, N.  Pediatric neuroimaging in early childhood and infancy: Challenges and practical guidelines.  Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences.  2012 Apr;1252:43-50. doi: 10.1111/j.1749-6632.2012.06457.x.

Ortiz-Mantilla, S. Hämäläinen, J.A., Benasich, A.A. (2012). Time course of ERP generators to syllables in infants: A source localization study using age-appropriate brain templates. NeuroImage, 59, 3275-3287. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2011.11.048


Heim, S., Friedman, J.T., Keil, A., Benasich, A.A. (2011). Reduced sensory oscillatory activity during rapid auditory processing as a correlate of language-learning impairment. Journal of Neurolinguistics, 24, 5, 539-555. doi:10.1016/j.jneuroling.2010.09.006

Hämäläinen, J.A., Ortiz-Mantilla, S., Benasich, A.A. (2011). Source localization of event-related potentials to pitch change mapped onto age-appropriate MRIs at 6 months of age. NeuroImage, 54, 3, 1910-1918. doi:10.1016/j.neuroimage.2010.10.016

Gou, Z., Choudhury, N. & Benasich, A.A. (2011). Resting frontal gamma power at 16, 24 and 36 months predicts individual differences in language and cognition at 4 and 5 years. Behavioral Brain Research, 220, 2, 263-70. doi:10.1016/j.bbr.2011.01.048

Choudhury, N. & Benasich, A.A. (2011). Maturation of Auditory Evoked Potentials from 6 to 48 months: Prediction to 3 and 4 year Language and Cognitive Abilities.  Clinical Neurophysiology, 122, 2, 320-338. doi:10.1016/j.clinph.2010.05.035


Ortiz-Mantilla, S., Choudhury, N., Alvarez, B., Benasich, A.A. (2010). Involuntary switching of attention mediates differences in event-related responses to complex tones between  early and late Spanish-English bilinguals. Brain Research, 1362, 78-92. 

Ortiz-Mantilla S, Choe MS, Flax J, Grant PE, Benasich AA. (2010). Association between the size of the amygdala in infancy and language abilities during the preschool years in normally developing children.  NeuroImage, 49, 2791-2799.


Choudhury, N. & Benasich, A.A. (2009). Infant information processing and family history of specific language impairmet: Converging evidence for early auditory perceptual deficits. In H. Eswaran and N. Chatterje Singh (Eds.) Advances in developmental neuroscience and imaging, pp. 9-23. New Delhi, India: Anamaya Publishers.

Flax. J. F, Realpe-Bonilla T., Roesler C., Choudhury N, Benasich A. A. (2009). Using early standardized language measures to predict later language and early reading outcomes in children at high risk for language-learning impairments. Journal of Learning Disabilities, 42, 61-75.


Benasich, A.A., Gou, Z., Choudhury, N. & Harris, K. D. (2008). Early Cognitive and Language Skills are Linked to Resting Frontal Gamma Power Across the First Three Years. Behavioral Brain Research, 95, (2), 215-22.

Liu, W-C, Flax, J.F., Guise, K. G., Sukul, V. & Benasich, A.A. (2008). Functional Connectivity of the Sensorimotor Area in Naturally Sleeping Infant.  Brain Research, 5, 1223, 42-9.

Ortiz-Mantilla, S, Choudhury, N., Leevers, H., Benasich, A.A. (2008) Understanding language and cognitive effects in Very Low Birth Weight infants. Dev Psychobiology, 50 (2), 107-126.

Wang, Z., Fernandez-Seara, M., Alsop, D.C., Liu, W-C., Flax, J.F., Benasich, A.A., Detre, J.A. (2008). Assessment of Functional Development in Normal Infant Brain using Arterial Spin Labeled Perfusion MRI, NeuroImage, 39, (3), 973-978.


Nawyn, J., Roesler, C., Realpe-Bonilla, T., Choudhury, N., and Benasich, A. A. (2007). An operantly conditioned looking task for assessing infant auditory processing ability. (Technical Paper) In Proceedings of the 9th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility. ASSETS '07, ACM, New York, NY, 147-154.

Choudhury, N., Leppänen, P.H.T., Leevers, H.J. & Benasich, A.A. (2007). Infant information processing and family history of specific language impairment: Converging evidence for RAP deficits from two paradigms. Developmental Science, 10, (2), 213-236.


Heim, S. & Benasich, A. A. (2006). “Disorders of language.” In D. Cicchetti and D. Cohen (Eds), Developmental Psychopathology, 2nd Edition, pp. 268-316. New York: John Wiley & Sons.

Paterson, S.J., Heim, S., Friedman, J.T., Choudhury, N., & Benasich, A.A. (2006). Development of structure and function in the infant brain: Implications for cognition, language and social behaviour. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 30, 1087-1105.

Roesler, C., Paterson, S.J., Flax, J., Hahn, J.S., Kovar, C., Stashinko, E., Jing, H, & Benasich, A.A. (2006). “Cognitive Profile of Children with Holoprosencephaly.” Pediatric Neurology, 35, 387-394.

Jing H. and Benasich, A. A. (2006). “Brain Responses to tonal changes in the first two years of life.” Brain & Development, 28 (4), 247-56. [Epub, 2005 Dec 20.].

Jing, H., Flax, J., Roesler, C., Choudhury, N., and Benasich, A. A. (2006). “Auditory event-related responses in children with semi-lobar holoprosencephaly.” Brain & Development, 28 (4). 207-214.

Benasich, A.A., Choudhury, N., Friedman, J.T., Realpe Bonilla, T., Chojnowska, C. and Gou, Z. (2006).  Infants as a prelinguistic model for language learning impairments: Predicting from event-related potentials to behavior. Neuropsychologia, 44 (3), 396-411


Leevers, H.J., Roesler, C., Flax, J. & Benasich, A.A., (2005). “The Carter Neurocognitive Assessment: Evaluation of children with severe expressive language and motor impairment."  Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 46:3, 1-17.


Leppanen, P. H. T., Choudhury, N., Benasich, A. A. & Lyytinen, H. (2004)

Neuroimaging measures in the study of specific language impairment. In L. Verhoeven

and H. van Balkom (Eds) Classifications of developmental language disorders: Theoretical issues

and clinical implications. pp. 99-137. Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Elrbaum Press.

Friedman, J.T., Peiffer, A.M., Clark, M.G, Benasich, A.A., & Fitch, R.H. (2004). “Age

and experience-related improvements in gap detection in the rat.” Developmental Brain

Research, 152 2, 83-91.

Jing, H., Heim, S., Chojnowskia C., Thomas, J. & Benasich, A.A. (2004). “Timing errors in auditory event-related potentials.” Journal of Neuroscience Methods, 138(1-2), 1-6.


Choudhury, N. and Benasich, A.A. (2003). Familial aggregation in a sample of infants born into families with a history of language-based learning impairments. Journal of Speech, Language and Hearing Research, 46, 261-272.

Benasich, A.A. & Thomas, J.J. (2003). Developmental disorders of language.  In L. Nadel (Ed.)  Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science, Vol. 1 (pp. 959-967). London UK:  Macmillan Reference Limited, Nature Publishing Group.


Benasich, A.A. & Leevers, H.J. (2002). Processing of rapidly presented auditory cues in infancy: Implications for later language development.  In:  J. Fagan & H. Haynes (Eds.). Progress in Infancy Research, Vol. 3. (pp. 245-288). Mahwah, NJ:  Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc. (peer-reviewed edited annual volume).

Benasich, A.A. & Tallal, P. (2002). Infant discrimination of rapid auditory cues predicts later language impairment. Behavioral Brain Research, 136 (1), 31-49

Tallal, P. & Benasich, A.A. (2002). Language Learning Disabilities, Development and Psychopathology, 14, 559-579.

Benasich, A.A. (2002). "Impaired processing of brief, rapidly presented auditory cues in infants with a family history of autoimmune disorder."  Developmental Neuropsychology, 22, (1), pp. 351-372.

Jing, H., Takigawa,, M. & Benasich, A.A. (2002).  Relationship of nonlinear analysis, MRI and SPECT in the lateralization of temporal lobe epilepsy, European Neurology. 48, (1), 11-19.

Benasich, A.A., Thomas, J.J., Choudhury, N. & Leppänen, P.H.T.  (2002). The importance of rapid auditory processing abilities to early language development: Evidence from converging methodologies. Developmental Psychobiology, 40, 278-292.


Fitch, R.H., Read, H., & Benasich, A.A. (2001). Neurophysiology of speech perception in normal and impaired systems.  In:  A. Jahn. & J. Santos-Sacchi (Eds.)  Physiology of the ear, 2nd edition, (pp. 651-672). San Diego:  Singular Publishing Group, Inc.


Benasich, A.A.  (1999). Temporal integration as an early predictor of speech and language development.  In C. von Euler, I. Lundberg and R. Llinás (Ed.)  Basic Mechanisms In Cognition And Language - With Special Reference To Phonological Problems In Dyslexia. (Wenner-Gren International Series, Vol. 70)  (pp. 123-142). Oxford:  Elsevier Science Ltd.

Benasich, A.A. & Spitz, R.V.  (1999).  Insights from infants: Temporal processing abilities and genetics contribute to language development. In K. Whitmore, H. Hart, and G. Willems (Eds.).  A Neurodevelopmental Approach to Specific Learning Disorders. (pp. 191-210). London:  Mac Keith Press.


Benasich, A.A. & Read, H. (1998).  Representation:  Picture or process?  In  I. E. Sigel (Ed).  Theoretical perspectives in the development of representational (symbolic) thought. (pp. 33-160). Mahwah, NJ:  Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc.


Spitz, R.V., Tallal, P., Flax, J., & Benasich, A.A.  (1997).  "Look who's talking: A prospective study of familial transmission of language impairments."  Journal of Speech and Hearing Research, 40, 990-1001.


Benasich, A.A. & Tallal, P. (1996).  Auditory Temporal Processing Thresholds, Habituation, And Recognition Memory Over The First Year. Infant Behavior and Development, 19, 339-357.


Benasich, A. A., Curtiss, S., & Tallal, P. (1993). Language, learning, and behavioral disturbances in childhood:  A longitudinal perspective. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 32 (3), 585-594.


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