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Tag: mirror neurons

April 2014

Cognition and behavior: Mirror neurons normal in autism

by  /  11 April 2014

Mirror neurons, which fire when a person performs or observes an action, function just as well in young children with autism as they do in their typically developing peers. The finding, reported 10 February in Autism Research, boosts evidence against a popular theory of autism.

November 2013

Training normalizes imaging patterns in autism brains

by  /  13 November 2013

A ‘neurofeedback’ training program featuring movies and video games may help erase certain abnormalities seen in brain scans of boys with autism, according to research presented Monday at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego.

September 2013

Infectious yawns

by  /  17 September 2013

Children with autism tend to miss the facial cues that make yawning contagious, suggests a study published 22 July in Autism Research and Treatment.

November 2012

Cranial connection

by  /  30 November 2012

‘Hyperscanning,’ a set of techniques for simultaneously measuring brain activity in two people, is yielding insights into autism.

October 2012

Cognition and behavior: Children with autism struggle to mime

by  /  30 October 2012

Children with autism have trouble imitating others’ actions, a trait that may be linked to their poor motor skills, according to a study published 10 September in PLoS One.

September 2012

‘Noisy’ brain signals could underlie autism, study says

by  /  24 September 2012

Sensory responses in the brain of an individual with autism vary much more than in someone without the disorder, according to a study published 20 September in Neuron. This may explain why some people with autism are extremely sensitive to lights and sounds.

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August 2012

Broken mirrors

by  /  17 August 2012

Research into the ability of children with autism to imitate has produced contradictory results: Some studies find that those with the disorder have difficulty imitating people, whereas others find no problems. A new study explores why.

June 2012

Molecular mechanisms: Language neurons small in autism

by  /  13 June 2012

Neurons that activate signals in a brain region important for language and imitation are smaller in the brains of individuals with autism than in those of controls, according to a study published 31 March in Acta Neuropathology.

March 2012

Cognition and behavior: Mirror neurons age normally in autism

by  /  27 March 2012

Age-related changes to the mirror neuron system — a pathway thought to be involved in empathy — are no different in individuals with autism compared with controls, according to a meta-analysis published 1 February in Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. The results challenge previous reports that suggest deficits in the mirror neuron system diminish with age in individuals with autism.

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July 2011

Weak waves

by  /  22 July 2011

Neurofeedback studies showing improvement in symptoms in people with autism are deeply flawed, according to a new review.