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How autism’s definition has changed over time

by ,  /  9 May 2018

Don’t judge this book by its decidedly dull cover: Across its pages, some of the most dramatic changes in the history of autism have played out. This short animation chronicles how a diagnostic manual has defined and redefined autism over the years.

Wearable device accurately scans brains in moving people

by  /  4 May 2018

A new neuroimaging device that is worn like a helmet enables researchers to map the functional activity of a person’s brain as she moves her head.

Inside Scoop From the Autism Anchors: The role of mouse models in autism

21 March 2018

Our autism anchors, Raphael Bernier and James Mancini, explain how mouse models can help scientists understand the causes of autism and evaluate potential treatments for the condition.

‘Syntax’ of mouse behavior may speak volumes about autism

by  /  21 March 2018

An algorithm that decodes and quantifies mouse body language could reveal the brain circuits underlying certain autism features.

Inside Scoop From the Autism Anchors: The attention deficit-autism overlap

14 February 2018

Raphael Bernier and James Mancini describe the similarities and differences between autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.

Inside Scoop From the Autism Anchors: Year in review

22 December 2017

Our autism anchors, Raphael Bernier and James Mancini, nominate candidates for the hottest topic in autism research in 2017.

Technology from ‘Harry Potter’ movies brings magic of brain into focus

by  /  15 November 2017

The same techniques that generate images of smoke, clouds and fantastic beasts in movies can render neurons and brain structures in fine-grained detail.

Wireless Miniscope ties seizures to spatial memory problems

by  /  13 November 2017

A wireless miniature microscope lets researchers peer into the brains of mice as they run along a 25-foot track.

Inside Scoop From the Autism Anchors: Sleep on the spectrum

by  /  13 November 2017

Two scientists describe the causes and consequences of sleep disruptions in autism — and what to do about them.

Protein factories at neuronal junctions take center stage in autism

by ,  /  12 September 2017

Some genes linked to autism regulate the production of proteins at neuronal junctions, suggesting that disrupted protein synthesis contributes to the condition.