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Tag: hippocampus

November 2013

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.


Large study links autism to autoimmune disease in mothers

by  /  22 August 2013

About one in ten women who have a child with autism have immune molecules in their bloodstream that react with proteins in the brain, according to a study published 20 August in Molecular Psychiatry.

June 2013

Amygdala and autism’s checkered history

by  /  4 June 2013

To understand the amygdala’s role in autism, researchers should study its connections with other brain structures and explore its role in development, says Ralph Adolphs.

March 2013

Fragile X mutation may lead to noisy brain signals

by  /  28 March 2013

Researchers have uncovered a new role for the protein missing in fragile X syndrome — it regulates the release of neurotransmitters, chemical messengers in the brain, according to a mouse study published 20 February in Neuron.