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Tag: biological motion

June 2021

Brain activity patterns may distinguish girls with autism

by  /  2 June 2021

Atypical patterns of neuronal activity and gene expression in the striatum may characterize autism in girls, according to a new study.

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November 2019
Child hesitating in front of a giant eye showing areas of the brain, facial recognition and other connections related to sight.

Seeing connections between autism and blindness

by  /  12 November 2019

Autism is unusually common among people with congenital blindness, in part because the ability to see drives much of brain development.

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October 2019

What Ehlers-Danlos syndrome can teach us about autism

by  /  21 October 2019

Not much is known about the connection between autism and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, a condition that affects collagen. But preliminary work provides tantalizing clues.

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April 2019
Man's face with eyes looking left.

People’s affinity for social cues is inherited, study suggests

by  /  22 April 2019

Genetics may govern a person’s ability to pay attention to social cues.

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Quantitative tests of motor skills could improve autism care

by  /  2 April 2019

New assessments of the subtle motor difficulties that characterize autism could improve autistic children’s lives and teach us a lot about the condition.

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March 2019
baby reaching for toy

Motor traits that mark autism remain elusive, large study finds

by  /  18 March 2019

Motor problems in autistic infants may parallel those in infants with other developmental conditions.

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June 2018
Week of JuneJun
4th
2018

Oversold diets; big brains explained; tracking CRISPR and more

by  /  8 June 2018

Benefits of diets for autism features remain unproven, variants of the same DNA region make brains big or small, and STAT announces a new CRISPR tracker.

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March 2018
Diagram showing data motion of mice.

‘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.

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February 2018
Genes may partly account for difficulties in processing biological motion.

Movement perception, autism traits may share genetic roots

by  /  19 February 2018

The ability to identify human-like movements is rooted in genetics — and may share those origins with autism traits.

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Week of JanuaryJan
29th
2018

Prenatal microbiome; standing by stereotypes; Common Rule delay and more

by  /  2 February 2018

Microbiologists debate the existence of bacteria in the womb, yet another movie relies on stereotypes to portray a person with autism, and the U.S. federal government delays implementation of the Common Rule for clinical research.

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