Tag: neurotransmitters

January 2020
Opinion / Viewpoint

How the autonomic nervous system may govern anxiety in autism

by ,  /  14 January 2020

The branch of the nervous system that regulates subconscious bodily processes such as breathing and digestion may play a key role in autism.

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August 2019
News

Levels of brain chemicals may reflect severity of autism traits

by  /  19 August 2019

The levels of four chemicals in the brain may distinguish autism and vary with its severity, according to a new study.

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July 2019
Opinion / Viewpoint

How the social hormone vasopressin might help autistic people

by  /  9 July 2019

A drug that mimics the hormone vasopressin improves social skills in autistic people — but so does one that blocks vasopressin’s effects. How can seemingly opposing manipulations produce similar results?

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May 2019
Illustration of red figures on a big blue brain are serotonin signaling
News

Serotonin’s link to autism, explained

by  /  1 May 2019

Serotonin, the brain chemical best known for its link to depression, may also be involved in autism.

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The predictive coding theory of autism, explained

by  /  1 May 2019

In autism, a person’s brain may not form accurate predictions of imminent experiences, or even if it does, sensory input may override those predictions.

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November 2018
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News

‘Shock therapy’ may help some autistic teens with catatonia

by  /  26 November 2018

Case reports suggest electroconvulsive therapy is effective for treating catatonia in people with autism.

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A 3D rendering shows a neuron firing on black.
News

Tweak cleans up ‘pollution’ in images of firing neurons

by  /  3 November 2018

Targeting a fluorescent protein to the cell bodies of neurons enables researchers to clearly see which neurons fire when.

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September 2018
Mouse brain photograph shows the area of drug delivery highlighted in red.
News / Toolbox

Brain implant mutes seizure-like activity in mice

by  /  28 September 2018

A new brain implant pumps chemical signals directly into a target region to ease seizure-like activity in mice.

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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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August 2018
News / Toolbox

Two new sensors track chemical signals in brains of living animals

by  /  24 August 2018

Novel sensors enable researchers to monitor the activity of two signaling chemicals in the brains of living fruit flies and mice.

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