After five days and more than 13,000 abstracts, the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C., has drawn to a close.
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Society for Neuroscience 2017
The hormones oxytocin and vasopressin promote social interactions in male monkeys but make female monkeys more aggressive than usual.
A trio of drugs eases repetitive behaviors in mice by activating a brain region involved in motor control.
Young adults with autism who have intense sensitivity to taste show increased activation in social areas of the brain when they taste something sweet.
A chemical that doctors use to create contrast on X-rays also yields clear images of neurons in the brains of living mice.
A person’s ability to distinguish similar syllables by sight and sound correlates with how sensitive she is to sensory stimuli.
The drug mavoglurant has no effect on a brain circuit involved in social behavior in a mouse model of fragile X syndrome. That may explain its poor performance in people with the condition.
Sophisticated animal models — including a new rat model — are revealing how maternal antibodies contribute to autism risk.
Eye-tracking studies cement monkeys’ promise for studying autism and related conditions.
The same techniques that generate images of smoke, clouds and fantastic beasts in movies can render neurons and brain structures in fine-grained detail.