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March 2020
Young boy is interacting with a small rubbery green colored robot through a touch screen.

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.

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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Little girl lying awake

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

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.

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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a pattern shows a helix-like form repeating in yellow on dark background.

Machine learning flags ‘mosaic’ mutations that may contribute to autism

by  /  19 February 2020

A new technique detects rare mutations that occur in only a subset of the body’s cells.

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A baby in a yellow jumper that has movement tracking sensors

Smart jumpsuit may help test motor skills in infants with autism

by  /  12 February 2020

A new jumpsuit is fitted with sensors that can track and classify an infant’s posture and movements.

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rainbow colors trace marmoset brain

New map charts pathways of neurons in marmoset brain

by  /  5 February 2020

An online map of the marmoset brain may enable researchers to better understand how neuronal connections function.

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January 2020
A grid of images shows different parts of a 3D, black and white brain lit up with colors.

Hologram brings brain’s complex highways to life

by  /  29 January 2020

Bioengineers and neuroanatomists have collaborated to create a holographic representation of how information travels in the brain.

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Researchers map connections in fetal human brain

by  /  24 January 2020

A new map of the fetal brain during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy reveals the brain’s complex network of connections.

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