Neuroscience Assignment

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Use the scenario below as a basis for your response.

Samantha’s Case Scenario

Samantha is a 4-year-old preschool student. She lives with her two parents, two older brothers, and beagle. Her parents have been worried that Samantha’s speech is slow to develop and that she avoids social situations, even with the family. While she likes to spend time with their dog, she does not choose to play with her brothers or neighborhood children. On the recommendations from the pediatrician and preschool teacher, Samantha was screened for Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). It was determined that her development is on the spectrum and that she would require treatment.

Her parents read about autism and its symptoms and realize that Samantha’s apparent lack of bonding was related to the autism. They had been worried that she did not understand social cues or seem happy like their sons had been. They were concerned that she did not play (e.g. make faces) like her brothers had.

In your response to the questions below, write a 750–1,000 word expository essay using Samantha’s scenario to explain the principles of social referencing, understanding social cues, and the differences between social processing between ASD and non-ASD brains. Each of these points needs to be stated and explained in a well ordered, logical manner.

Include the following points in your expository essay:

  • Briefly summarize (in your own words) the scenario.
  • Explain how mirror systems leads to social referencing.
  • Discuss how humans use the facial expressions of others as a social tool.
  • Provide an explanation of how mirror systems help us to understand others.
  • Describe how autistic children/adults lack the ability to recognize facial expressions or social cues.
  • Explain the difference between how an ASD diagnosed brain processes social information and how a non-ASD diagnosed brain processes social information.


  • In a short paragraph, summarize (in your own words) the main points in the scenario and use the information to respond to write your expository essay. Use the scenario to illustrate the concepts in the assignment.
  • Please use the course textbook and a minimum of one additional outside source. The Library is the best place to find research articles.
  • Please type your project using 12-point Times New Roman font and double-spacing.
  • This project should be 750–1,000 words in length.
  • You must refer to the reading resources and provide citations using the APA format in the form of in-text citations for any sources used.
  • Remember to include a title page in APA format at the start of, and a reference list incorporating a minimum of three peer reviewed resources in APA format at the conclusion of, your essay. **Please refer to the APA Quick Reference link in the Course Home section of class or consult the Writing Center for assistance.
  • Use American Standard English writing requirements.
  • You can ask your professor for assistance with APA formatting as well.

Tutor Answer

School: Purdue University

Hello, i have completed the assignment. it has been nice working with you.

Autism Spectrum Disorder
Thesis statement: Autism Spectrum Disorder usually tends to be caused by a combination of
environmental and genetic influences.
1. Introduction
2. Summary of the scenario
3. How mirror systems may lead to social referencing
4. How human beings use the facial expressions of others
5. How mirror systems enable people to understand one another
6. How autistic children and adults fail to recognize social cues of facial expressions
7. The difference between how an ASD and non-ASD brain process social information
8. Conclusion


Autism Spectrum Disorder
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Autism Spectrum Disorder is a neurodevelopmental illness or disorder which is usually
characterized by problems or challenges of verbal and non-verbal communication, monotonous
behavior, social skills and also unique differences and strengths (Mukaetova-Ladinska and
Stuart-Hamilton, 2015). This particular disorder usually tends to be caused by a combination
of environmental and genetic influences. The early signs of this particular disorder usually tend
to appear between ages 2 and 5 years. Looking at the current behavior of Samantha, it may be
stated that she tends to indeed suffer from Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
Summary of the scenario
In this scenario, Samantha, who is a four-year girl, has been identified as not to be

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