Aditi Arora, PhD

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Postdoctoral Fellow

Social Cognition and Neuroscience Laboratory

Aditi Arora, PhD, is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Center for Autism Research at Kessler Foundation. She is also a research assistant professor at the Department of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Rutgers - New Jersey Medical School. She is a cognitive neuroscientist with expertise in functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS) methods, and experimental designs.

Social Cognition
Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI)
Diffusion tensor imaging (DTI)
Neuroimaging meta-analysis
Transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS)
Eye Tracking individuals with ASD
PhD - Cognitive Neuroscience, Centre for Cognitive Neuroscience (CCNS), University of Salzburg, Austria
MSc - Cognitive Science, Centre for Behavioural and Cognitive Science (CBCS), University of Allahabad, India
BA - Psychology, University of Allahabad, India
Research Interests

Dr. Arora’s research focuses on functional and structural connectivity in autistic adolescents. Specifically, she works with understanding alternative perspectives and domain-general and domain-specific processing of a specific cognitive mechanism known as theory of mind (ToM). Various neurodevelopmental disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder (ASD), attention deficit hyperactivity, developmental language, and schizophrenia, as well as acquired disorders of the right brain and traumatic brain injury impair ToM.

Dr. Arora investigates patterns of meta-cognitive neural processing in typical- and autistic-developing adolescents. She is developing an eye-tracking paradigm to understand traits contributing to specific deficits affecting autistic individuals. The overarching goals of her projects will help advance understanding of social and affective deficits that neurally manifest in adolescents with ASD. Her research will facilitate targeted training of the ASD population based on the severity of their autistic symptoms and help establish and validate neural biomarkers that are sensitive to interventions and treatments.


View a comprehensive listing of Dr. Aditi Arora’s publications on Google Scholar and ResearchGate.