Tag: dopamine

August 2018
News / Toolbox

Two new sensors track chemical signals in brains of living animals

by  /  24 August 2018

Novel sensors enable researchers to monitor the activity of two signaling chemicals in the brains of living fruit flies and mice.

July 2018

Skepticism surrounds autism drug given ‘fast track’ for approval

by  /  25 July 2018

In May, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration guaranteed an experimental autism drug a speedy review for approval, but some scientists are skeptical of the drug’s potential.

November 2017
black mice exiting hole

Learning shows sex bias in mice with mutation tied to autism

by  /  23 November 2017

Male mice with a genetic variant tied to autism may have learning difficulties that females with the variant do not.

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May 2017

Brain’s reward region may drive social problems in autism

by  /  17 May 2017

Having too many copies of an autism gene called UBE3A mutes a brain region that may mediate the satisfaction a person derives from social interactions.

March 2017
illustration of person with autism struggling with addiction
Features / Deep Dive

Autism’s hidden habit

by  /  1 March 2017

Conventional wisdom holds that people with autism don’t get hooked on alcohol or other drugs, but new evidence suggests otherwise.

November 2016
News / Toolbox

Light activates reward circuits in monkey brains

by  /  4 November 2016

A new method uses flashes of light to stimulate specific sets of neurons in monkey brains.

April 2016
News / Toolbox

Flexible tool watches brain talk as mice walk

by  /  27 April 2016

A new brain imaging system lets researchers eavesdrop on mouse neurons as the animals move around and interact with each other.

Opinion / Q&A

Questions for Kay Tye: How loneliness drives social behavior

by  /  19 April 2016

A brain circuit that wires lone mice to seek out social contact may offer clues about autism.

December 2014

Risperidone has no effect on core symptoms of autism

by  /  9 December 2014

Risperidone can ease irritability in people with autism, but has no effect on repetitive behaviors, social impairments or communication deficits, according to a study published 19 November.

November 2014

Diverse dopamine defects found in people with autism

by  /  19 November 2014

Experimental drugs can reverse the effects of some autism-linked mutations in the dopamine transporter, a protein that shuttles the chemical messenger dopamine into neurons. Researchers presented the unpublished findings in five posters yesterday at the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

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