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Dr. Nico Bast

Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
Deutschordenstrasse 50
60528 Frankfurt am Main

+49 (0)69 6301 6223




Scientific Focus

My research focus is on neurodevelopmental disorders. We utilize eye-tracking to assess preschoolers up to adolescents in naturalistic paradigms.

We investigate pupillometry and oculomotor function as potential biomarkers and indicators of functional neural networks.


eye-tracking, pupillometry, computer vision, clinical trials, neurocognitive paradigms, ecologically valid designs

Selected Publications

Bast, N., Mason, L., Freitag, C.M., Smith, T., Portugal, A.M., Poustka, L., Banaschewski, T., Johnson, M. (2020). Saccade dysmetria indicates attenuated visual exploration in autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

Boxhoorn, S., Bast, N., Supèr, H., Polzer, L., Cholemkery, H., & Freitag, C. M. (2020). Pupil dilation during visuospatial orienting differentiates between autism spectrum disorder and attention‐ deficit/hyperactivity disorder. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 61(5), 614-624.

Bast, N., Banaschewski, T., Dziobek, I., Brandeis, D., Poustka, L., & Freitag, C. M. (2019). Pupil Dilation Progression Modulates Aberrant Social Cognition in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Autism Research.

Bast, N., Poustka, L., & Freitag, C. M. (2018). The locus coeruleus–norepinephrine system as pacemaker of attention–a developmental mechanism of derailed attentional function in autism spectrum disorder. European Journal of Neuroscience, 47(2), 115-125.

Müller, N., Baumeister, S., Dziobek, I., Banaschewski, T., & Poustka, L. (2016). Validation of the Movie for the Assessment of Social Cognition in Adolescents with ASD: Fixation Duration and Pupil Dilation as Predictors of Performance. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46(9), 2831-2844.

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