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Tag: brain imaging

March 2019

Early activity of brain’s emotion hub may yield clues to autism

by  /  11 March 2019

The brain’s emotion center, the amygdala, undergoes dramatic changes during the first year of life; these shifts may hold hints about its role in autism.

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Analyzing postmortem brains for autism? Proceed with caution

by  /  5 March 2019

Any study of postmortem brains must control for artifacts, which are pervasive in brain tissue.

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February 2019
3D models of the human brain

Changes in brain anatomy may reflect autism traits

by  /  21 February 2019

Some traits of autism are associated with obvious differences in brain structure, and the scope of these alterations may depend on the person’s sex.

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Brain’s prefrontal cortex conducts symphony of social players

by  /  20 February 2019

A brain region that orchestrates responses to social cues and aids decision-making may be off tempo in autism.

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head mold shown in two pieces

Stabilizing head mold leads to sharper brain images

by  /  15 February 2019

A customizable Styrofoam mold minimizes head movements during brain scans, enabling researchers to produce clearer images.

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January 2019
Three views of the human brain show connectivity

Sensory, motor connections may be disrupted in autism brains

by  /  31 January 2019

Links between sensory and motor brain networks may be unusually weak in individuals with autism.

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Black and white portrait of Christine Nordhal smiling.

Webinar: Christine Wu Nordahl reveals new autism brain-imaging strategies

 /  30 January 2019

Watch the complete replay of Christine Wu Nordahl discussing new ways to expand participation in autism brain-imaging studies.

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Rat neurons

Rat model of autism shows unusual brain growth at birth

by  /  30 January 2019

The brains of rats exposed in utero to the seizure drug valproate show a significant increase in brain size around the time of birth.

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a series of brain images

New brain maps hint at cerebellum’s role in cognition, language

by  /  25 January 2019

A new analysis of brain scans highlights variations in the cerebellum, a brain area implicated in autism.

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Bright labeling shows neurons.

Imaging technique paints neuronal fibers in dazzling colors

by  /  18 January 2019

A multicolor labeling method stains neurons brightly enough to reveal the thin connections between individual cells.

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