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Tag: brain imaging

October 2019

Traits of autism, attention deficit linked to small brainstem

by  /  20 October 2019

The severity of autism tracks closely with that of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.


Algorithm may help identify subgroups of autism

by  /  20 October 2019

A new algorithm accurately separates highly similar people into subgroups based on their brain activity — and could do the same for autistic people.

Grid of views of mouse brain: 3D and areas mapped in color

New mouse brain atlas merges two popular maps

by  /  20 October 2019

A new online resource aligns and improves the two most widely used mouse brain atlases.


Looking directly in the eyes engages region of the social brain

by  /  20 October 2019

The social brain has a sweet spot that activates when people look each other in the eyes but not when they look at eyes in a video.

September 2019
row of babies playing with toys that look like genome sequence

Studies of tuberous sclerosis may shed light on biology of autism

by  /  24 September 2019

Tuberous sclerosis provides a unique opportunity to understand autism because about half of people with that single-gene condition also have autism.

Woman inside MRI machine with clinicians or doctors looking on with clipboards

Autistic girls’ brains show distinct anatomical features

by  /  16 September 2019

Nerve fiber tracts in the brains of autistic girls appear more fragmented than those of typical girls’. Autistic boys’ brains, meanwhile, look like those of typical boys.

Glowing neurons in the transparent young zebrafish highlight activity in its brain and muscles.

Zebrafish show true colors as models for autism sleep studies

by  /  13 September 2019

Sleeping zebrafish show two patterns of neuronal activity that are analogous to those in people.

August 2019

Levels of brain chemicals may reflect severity of autism traits

by  /  19 August 2019

The levels of four chemicals in the brain may distinguish autism and vary with its severity, according to a new study.

A large neuron

Online platform offers one-stop shop for studying brain circuits

by  /  2 August 2019

A browser-based platform simulates functional neuronal circuits in the brain regions of several species.

July 2019
Boy covers his ears

Sensory overload in autism may stem from hypervigilant brain

by  /  29 July 2019

The brains of some autistic children may not adapt to repeated touch or sound, even after several minutes.