Cannabidiol alleviates seizures and restores social ability in a mouse model of Dravet syndrome by soothing overexcitement in the brain.
Spectrum: Autism Research News
Society for Neuroscience 2016
Fusing two spheres of neurons that either ramp up or tamp down brain activity yields neural networks like those in the developing brain.
Three studies suggest that microglia, the brain’s immune cells, join forces with neurons in a sex-specific manner.
Lowering the levels of OTX2, a protein found in the fluid that bathes the brain, prevents many abnormal behaviors in mouse models of Rett syndrome.
Female mice with a large deletion linked to autism may compensate for its loss by upping the levels of a key protein.
A three-dimensional atlas of the rhesus macaque brain details the structural and functional boundaries between brain regions with unprecedented accuracy.
Injecting stem cells into young rats makes them more social and flexible when learning tasks than before the treatment.
Adolescents with autism who have good verbal skills show enhanced structural connections in brain regions involved in processing and integrating sounds.
People with autism who are acutely sensitive to smells have unusually weak connections between a brain region that processes social stimuli and one that integrates sensory information.
People with autism show atypical patterns of gaze even when they are explicitly asked to look at another person’s eyes.