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Expert opinions on trends and controversies in autism research.

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March 2013

Graph theory

by  /  22 March 2013

Characterizing the brain’s network organization may help us understand autism, says Damien Fair.

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Six questions for connectivity theory research

by  /  22 March 2013

‘Underconnectivity’ is considered one of the best-supported theories for the neural basis of autism. But many questions remain unanswered, says Jon Brock.

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Connectivity challenges

by  /  22 March 2013

Researchers should be cautious about interpreting the results of studies that rely on diffusion tensor imaging, says Carlo Pierpaoli.

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Local connections

by  /  22 March 2013

To better understand how local connectivity is altered in autism, we first need to define what it means, says Tal Kenet.

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Negative results

by  /  22 March 2013

A number of studies have found no connectivity differences between people with autism and controls, but few have been published so far, says Dan Kennedy.

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Is ‘underconnectivity’ in autism specific to frontal cortex?

by ,  /  22 March 2013

Autism may result from reduced anatomical connectivity and functional connectivity between the frontal cortex and more posterior areas of the brain, say Marcel Adam Just and Timothy Keller.

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Valuable videos

by  /  12 March 2013

Systematic analysis of video clips is better than questionnaires are at assessing repetitive movements in children with autism, says Sylvie Goldman.

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Rho family of enzymes at crossroads of autism

by  /  12 March 2013

A number of autism risk factors converge on one cellular pathway: abnormal remodeling of the cell’s structural systems through the signaling protein Rho, says SFARI’s associate director for research, Alan Packer.

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Perfect match

by  /  5 March 2013

Researchers must use better measures to show that experimental and control groups are well matched, says Jon Brock.

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Test case

by ,  /  1 March 2013

A single case study suggests that deep brain stimulation may improve symptoms associated with autism, say Casey Halpern and Gregory Heuer.

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