Tag: neural circuits

January 2019
Optogenetic mice activity
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Study recasts cerebellum as key player in social reward

by  /  17 January 2019

The cerebellum, a brain region primarily associated with movement, may mediate the pleasure that comes from socializing.

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November 2018
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Sound strategy enables precise control of brain circuits

by  /  6 November 2018

Applying sound waves to a mouse’s brain provides a safe way to push molecular probes into the brain to manipulate activity there.

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October 2018
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Study calls into question chemical messenger’s role in autism

by  /  29 October 2018

New results from brain scans of adults with autism are at odds with the popular theory that the condition involves weak brakes on brain activity.

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Misfiring visual cells may underlie key sensory problem in fragile X

by  /  17 October 2018

The motion perception difficulties seen in people with fragile X syndrome, a leading cause of autism, may stem from a faulty visual circuit.

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Illustration of human brain in brackets suggesting circuit alterations that is associated with certain genetic mutations.
Opinion / Viewpoint

Brain scans of sleeping mice hint at subtypes of autism

by  /  9 October 2018

Mapping the effects of autism mutations on mouse brain circuits may reveal subtypes of the condition in people.

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September 2018
Abnormalities in proteins at synapses are implicated in autism.
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Billions of neuronal junctions make up new ‘synaptome’ map

by  /  20 September 2018

Researchers have charted billions of synapses in the mouse brain and sorted them by type.

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Spectrum Stories: Resetting the autistic brain

by  /  14 September 2018

Deep brain stimulation is not an approved treatment for autism but has helped some people with extreme obsessions and other severe traits. Host Ben Kuebrich investigates one success story.

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Features / Deep Dive

Rebooting Becky’s brain

by  /  12 September 2018

An electrical brain implant all but erased the obsessions that had consumed Becky Audette, years after her autism diagnosis. Could similar implants help other people with severe autism?

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Artwork shows a flock of birds flying inside the head of a boy.
Opinion / Viewpoint

How a ‘pacemaker’ for the brain could ease autism traits

by  /  4 September 2018

Looking at the brain as a whole suggests that nudging flawed sets of neurons to collaborate better might alleviate autism traits.

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Charting one cell at a time, scientists reveal brain’s vast diversity

by  /  3 September 2018

How many cell types does the brain contain? Two new mouse studies bring scientists closer to the answer.

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