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Tag: brain imaging

January 2020

In brain imaging studies of autism, location may alter results

by  /  27 January 2020

A new analysis hints at the source of the rampant inconsistency among brain imaging studies in autism: significant differences among study sites.

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Researchers map connections in fetal human brain

by  /  24 January 2020

A new map of the fetal brain during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy reveals the brain’s complex network of connections.

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December 2019
Child in a bike helmet repurposed as a brain scanner, smiles and laughs

Modified bike helmet scans brains of people in motion

by  /  20 December 2019

A magnetic scanner fitted within an ordinary bicycle helmet may make it easier to visualize autistic children’s brains.

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Two sides of a 3D human brain showing different areas highlighted in various colors

Brains of autistic people show unusual left-right symmetry

by  /  4 December 2019

The hemispheres in autistic people’s brains are more symmetrical than those of their typical peers, but it is unclear what this difference means.

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November 2019

Study links large set of common genes to brain structure

by  /  29 November 2019

A new analysis of nearly 40,000 people pinpoints 48 genetic variants that may determine the volume of certain brain areas.

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Rethinking repetitive behaviors in autism

by  /  25 November 2019

Autistic people have long maintained that repetitive behaviors are beneficial. Emerging evidence in support of this idea is shaping new therapies.

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October 2019
Group of 6 brains show sections colored differently

Brain scans from one person build reliable map of brain activity

by  /  24 October 2019

Mapping brain activity in one person doing multiple tasks creates a more accurate picture of the brain than averaging the brain activity of multiple people doing a single task.

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Neurons in a fish glow green.

Erasable sensor of brain activity could reveal roots of social behavior

by  /  23 October 2019

Researchers unveiled a reversible new technique for labeling active neurons in freely moving animals.

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Group of images of neurons glow green

New technique records neuronal teamwork in live mice

by  /  23 October 2019

A new imaging technique detects specific groups of firing neurons in the brains of moving mice, enabling scientists to study brain activity linked to a particular behavior.

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Enlarged amygdala may forecast anxiety, depression in autistic children

by  /  22 October 2019

A tiny chunk of the brain’s emotion enter, the amygdala, is enlarged in some autistic children; the larger this piece, the more anxious and depressed the child is likely to be.

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