Tag: face processing

May 2012
News

Molecular mechanisms: Growth factor altered in autism brains

by  /  8 May 2012

The brains of individuals with autism have higher-than-typical levels of the precursor to a neuronal growth factor called BDNF, according to a study published in the April issue of the Journal of Neuropathology and Experimental Neurology. The results suggest a mechanism for altered brain development in autism.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Social motivation, reward and the roots of autism

by , ,  /  1 May 2012

Social impairments in autism are likely a consequence of deficits in social motivation that start early in life and have profound developmental consequences, says psychologist Robert Schultz.

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March 2012
News

Large eye-tracking study highlights diversity of autism

by  /  5 March 2012

Children with autism who have different verbal and intellectual abilities seem to glean useful social information from different parts of the face, according to the largest-ever eye-tracking study of the disorder. The findings are published in the March issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

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February 2012
Opinion

Robot renaissance

by  /  17 February 2012

Engineers have debuted several new robots to help children with autism, including a boy that can sense when it’s touched, a female head that expresses a wide range of emotions and a low-cost fuzzy penguin that can track a child’s eye movements.

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Brain imaging study links structure and function in face area

by  /  9 February 2012

Structural connections in the brain’s face-processing region can be used to predict brain activity in response to faces, according to research published this month in Nature Neuroscience.

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News

Brain response to gaze predicts autism in baby sibs

by  /  6 February 2012

A longitudinal study of infant siblings of children with autism is the first to identify a particular brain pattern that is linked to later diagnosis of autism.

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Opinion

Lip reading

by  /  3 February 2012

As babies are learning to talk, they shift their focus from speakers’ eyes to their lips, according to a new study that could inform efforts to find an early predictor of autism.

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December 2011
News

Cognition and behavior: Response to faces delayed in autism

by  /  20 December 2011

A brain response that discriminates familiar faces from unfamiliar ones develops more slowly in children with autism than in controls, according to a study published in the November/December issue of Child Development.

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November 2011
News

Cognition and behavior: Some neurons attuned to whole faces

by  /  29 November 2011

A subset of neurons in the amygdala, a small brain region responsible for processing emotions, recognize whole faces rather than individual features, according to a study published 11 October in Current Biology.

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Video test measures subtleties of social cognition

by  /  16 November 2011

Social cognition tests using videos of actors performing emotional expressions and scenes can measure subtle impairments characteristic of high-functioning people with autism, according to unpublished research presented at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

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