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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: brain imaging

November 2017
he program simulates the elaborate branches of Purkinje cells. Courtesy of OIST

Researchers simulate neuron down to sub-micron detail

by  /  13 November 2017

A software program can simulate a neuron with realistic 3-D detail in a matter of hours.

EEG caps, fNIRS

Realistic social test identifies new language area in brain

by  /  13 November 2017

A test designed to capture the dynamic back-and-forth of conversation suggests the existence of a new language area in the brain.

Genes that regulate brain activity in people with autism (right) differ from those in controls (left).

Distinct set of genes controls brain activity in people with autism

by  /  12 November 2017

A different set of genes regulates brain activity in people with autism than the set involved in controls.

Brain regions (yellow) altered by missing immune genes correlate with those involved in anxiety.

Imaging study links immune genes to anxiety

by  /  12 November 2017

Mice missing any of 11 genes involved in the immune response show differences in brain anatomy that track with anxiety.

human going through MRI

New method muffles noise from body movements in brain scans

by  /  12 November 2017

A new software program can correct for the confound introduced by head movements and breathing.

tructural images of autism brains rarely depict the brain stem.

Brain imaging reveals brain stem alterations in children with autism

by  /  12 November 2017

Children with autism show different patterns of connectivity than controls do in the brain stem regions associated with balance.

By painting individual neurons distinct colors, researchers can follow the cells more easily.

‘Brainbow’ illuminates human brain cells in living color

by  /  11 November 2017

A team of scientists has applied ‘Brainbow’ — a popular tool for painting individual brain cells of lab animals in distinct colors — to the human brain.

High-frequency sound waves reveal changes in blood flow that correspond to seizure activity.

Tool taps sound waves to trace seizure activity in newborns

by  /  9 November 2017

A new ultrasound device provides high-resolution movies of blood flow through the brains of infants.

Week of OctoberOct

Gene-editing gadgetry; intelligence trajectories; research reset and more

by  /  3 November 2017

Two new gadgets join the gene-editing toolbox, many children with autism get smarter with age, and a survey points to a research reset for Autism Speaks.

Brain bank slice of brain in lab

Banking on brains for clues to autism

by  /  1 November 2017

New initiatives aim to increase brain donations for autism research and maximize what scientists can learn from these precious specimens.