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Ultra-sensitive protein activates neurons in response to external light

by  /  27 May 2020

A new, minimally invasive technique allows researchers to activate neurons in the brains of mice and monkeys by using a light source located outside of the head.

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May 2020
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Social brain may differ between men and women

by  /  20 May 2020

Brain imaging data reveal sex differences in regions linked to social contact.

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April 2020
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Cognitive tests may help characterize intellectual disability

by  /  29 April 2020

Standardized tests can reliably assess memory, language ability, executive function and other traits in people with intellectual disability linked to autism.

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New atlas maps gene expression throughout the brain

by  /  22 April 2020

A comprehensive atlas of gene expression by brain region could spur new research on autism.

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Microscope image of Fragile X chromosome
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U.S. authorizes rapid blood test for fragile X syndrome

by  /  8 April 2020

A new blood test can identify within seven hours whether a person carries the genetic mutation underlying fragile X syndrome.

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March 2020
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Implant scans brain activity in mice as they move freely

by  /  25 March 2020

A new device takes continuous brain images without restricting animals or altering their behavior.

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Young boy is interacting with a small rubbery green colored robot through a touch screen.
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How autism researchers are applying machine-learning techniques

by  /  25 March 2020

Researchers are using machine learning to improve diagnostic predictions of autism, create interactive support robots, and more.

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multiple brain scans showing brain activity during different tasks. Purple background and brains in pink, red and green tones indicate activity.
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New analysis of brain activity could identify signal for autism

by  /  18 March 2020

A new technique allows researchers to analyze raw data across multiple studies that use electroencephalography.

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New model may help assess sleep problems in autistic children

by  /  13 March 2020

Analyzing five sleep-related factors reveals associations between sleep troubles in autistic children and problem behaviors during the day.

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Color-coded mouse brain scans
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Machine designed for mouse brain imaging may help autism studies

by  /  6 March 2020

A custom-built machine can scan the brains of awake mice and may improve our understanding of conditions such as autism.

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February 2020
Brain organoid cells look different than those in embryonic brain tissue-grid of six images show growth of both types over time.
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Cell stress may sap organoids’ usefulness in autism research

by  /  26 February 2020

Some cells in brain organoids — 3D clusters of cultured brain cells — fail to develop fully.

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