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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: brain imaging

September 2019
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.

Synapses in brain organoids

Database, lab tricks may crack secrets of the synapse

by  /  19 July 2019

Two new resources may aid the study of synapses, the junctions between neurons.


Interactive atlas reveals zebrafish brain circuits in 3D

by  /  12 July 2019

A new online tool maps the shape and location of neurons in the larval zebrafish brain.


Can we ‘see’ autism in the brain?

 /  2 July 2019

We asked five autism researchers to weigh in on whether there is a unique brain signature for autism and, if so, how to identify it.

May 2019

New method creates complex, long-lived brain ‘organoids’

by  /  10 May 2019

A new method for growing brain organoids allows them to survive for up to a year — more than four times as long as is possible with other methods.

Child in magnetoencephalograph (MEG) scanner

Brains of minimally verbal autistic children respond slowly to sound

by  /  4 May 2019

Several of the brain’s responses to sound are sluggish in autistic children who speak few or no words, compared with those who are verbal.

Illustration of a strong man holding up a oversized brain

The extreme male brain, explained

by  /  1 May 2019

The ‘extreme male brain’ theory suggests that autism is an exaggeration of systematic sex differences in ways of thinking.