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January 2014

Cognition and behavior: Autism brains heightened to senses

by  /  17 January 2014

When exposed to irritating noises or images, children with autism show hypersensitivity in brain regions that process sensory information and emotions, according to a study published in November in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

December 2013

Understanding contradictory connectivity reports in autism

by ,  /  10 December 2013

Studies at the level of neural circuits are needed to better understand the importance of both increased and decreased connectivity between different regions in the autism brain, say John Rubenstein and Vikaas Sohal.

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November 2013

Compendium of mouse brains highlights autism’s diversity

by  /  14 November 2013

By mapping the brains of not 1 but 27 mouse models of autism, researchers are making sense of the widely divergent structural changes seen in autism brains, they reported Wednesday at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego.


Brain findings in autism leave researchers scratching heads

by  /  13 November 2013

Three decades of research on anatomical changes in the brains of individuals with autism has yielded few if any consistent patterns. The field needs an overhaul of the methods used, researchers said at a symposium Wednesday at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego.  


Interactive test gauges sense of social ‘closeness’

by  /  11 November 2013

Brain regions that help people orient themselves in space and time may also guide their sense of intimacy and hierarchy with another person, according to findings presented Sunday at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego.

October 2013

Spinning system turns stem cells into mini-brains

by  /  30 October 2013

Researchers have coaxed human stem cells to develop into simplified mini-brains, with regions resembling discrete brain structures, they reported 19 September in Nature.

September 2013

Molecular mechanisms: Oxytocin boosts brain signals

by  /  10 September 2013

Oxytocin may enhance brain signaling by increasing the strength of the signals and minimizing background noise, according to a study published 4 August in Nature.


Normalizing protein level preempts Angelman symptoms

by  /  9 September 2013

Depleting excess levels of a molecule involved in neuronal signaling prevents the cognitive and motor symptoms of Angelman syndrome in a mouse model of the disorder, according to a report published 15 August in Cell Reports.

August 2013

Molecular mechanisms: Autism gene establishes brain links

by  /  27 August 2013

The autism-linked protein MET is expressed at the junctions between neurons during early brain development in mice, suggesting that it helps establish the connections, according to a study published 21 June in The Journal of Comparative Neurology.


Genetics: Genes near Williams region linked to autism traits

by  /  23 August 2013

Genes near the chromosomal region implicated in Williams syndrome are involved in epilepsy and autism-like behaviors, according to a study published 12 June in the European Journal of Human Genetics.