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Tag: brain imaging

July 2019

Can we ‘see’ autism in the brain?

by  /  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.

overlapping network of connections in the brain

The connectivity theory of autism, explained

by  /  1 May 2019

A growing body of evidence suggests that autism involves atypical communication between brain regions, but how and where in the brain this plays out is unclear.

April 2019
seated crowd using silent applause, 'flappause' to show appreciation for a speaker

Tensions ride high despite reshuffle at autism science meeting

by  /  29 April 2019

The International Society for Autism Research faces a thorny problem: how to please a diverse mix of attendees who have radically different goals.

Installers working on massive MRI machine install

Mighty magnet promises to render human brain in intricate detail

by  /  26 April 2019

A new magnetic resonance imaging machine has the power to reveal the brain’s structure and activity at unprecedented resolution.


Scans in preterm babies reveal patterns of brain development

by  /  19 April 2019

Two imaging techniques together reveal architectural features of the brains of preterm infants.

Black and white photographic portrait of the scientist Evelina Fedorenko

Webinar: Evelina Fedorenko discusses language processing in autism

 /  17 April 2019

Watch the complete replay of Evelina Fedorenko discussing language processing and development in autism.

Human brain seen in four views

Autism brains show connectivity differences that vary by region

by  /  4 April 2019

The brains of people with autism have unusually strong connections in some regions and weak ones in others.