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September 2023

Common genetic variants shape the structure of the cortex

by  /  18 September 2023

A genome-wide association study lays a foundation for deeper investigation of these variants in neurodevelopmental conditions.

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Six tips for postdoc success

by  /  14 September 2023

Postdoctoral positions are relatively short, so starting out on the right foot can make all the difference. Researchers offer their advice for making that happen.

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How to make the most of your postdoc experience

by  /  14 September 2023

Scientists at different career stages offer advice for new postdoctoral researchers — that and more in this month’s issue of Spectrum launch.

Research image of brain scans displaying gray-matter volume differences across across six psychiatric conditions.

Alterations in circuits characterize six neuropsychiatric conditions

by  /  13 September 2023

The underlying regional neurobiology of the conditions may differ from person to person.

Research image of organoids in the forebrain.

Head size parts autism into two major subtypes

by  /  12 September 2023

An imbalance in the number of excitatory neurons in early brain development may account for the difference.

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Neural recordings in freely moving mice; MBD5 variant

by  /  10 September 2023

Researchers took to social media to discuss a new tool for recording brain activity in freely moving mice and a study linking a mutation in the gene MBD5 to epilepsy and intellectual disability. That and more in this week’s Community Newsletter.

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Link between autism and transness being misused, scientists say

by  /  8 September 2023

Some researchers are pushing back — with mixed results.

Research image of neurons in mice.

Skewed signaling in striatum may spawn repetitive behaviors

by  /  6 September 2023

Synaptic changes in the brain region could drive a core trait of fragile X syndrome, a new mouse study suggests.

Research images from an eye-tracking study.

Tablet-based tool to spot autism validated in two studies

by  /  5 September 2023

The new tool could help clinicians diagnose autism in children younger than 3, the findings show.

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Neuropixels probe; sex differences in brain anatomy

by  /  3 September 2023

Researchers on social media reacted to a new version of the Neuropixels probe and a study of sex differences in the brain. That and more in this week’s Community Newsletter.