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Tag: prefrontal cortex

February 2021
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Single neurons may power key ‘theory of mind’ skills

by  /  8 February 2021

A subset of brain cells signal when someone tries to infer another person’s thoughts, according to a new study.

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Sensor helps scientists spy on serotonin activity in mice in real time

by  /  5 February 2021

A glowing protein tracks serotonin levels and location in the brains of living mice and could yield clues to the neurotransmitter’s role in autism.

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January 2021
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Two top autism genes may have a mechanism in common

by  /  13 January 2021

Mutations in two genes linked to autism and intellectual disability boost the immune response and cause synapse dysfunction.

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Studies hint at effects of aging on autistic brains

by  /  12 January 2021

People with autism or autism traits may be especially vulnerable to brain aging and cognitive decline, two studies suggest.

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Circuit linking prefrontal cortex and brain’s relay station regulates social behavior in mice

by  /  11 January 2021

A set of neurons connecting the prefrontal cortex and the thalamus helps regulate social interactions in mice.

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September 2020
Brain images showing differences in signaling in autistic and normal brains.
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Brain signal imbalance tracks with sex and with camouflaging autism traits

by  /  17 September 2020

Autistic men show a greater imbalance between excitatory and inhibitory signaling in the brain than autistic women do, which could explain sex differences in ‘camouflaging.’

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August 2020
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Inside scientists’ quest to map, modulate social circuits in autism

by  /  17 August 2020

A growing number of studies are revealing circuits that may underlie social challenges in autism — and how to fine-tune them.

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July 2020
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Amygdala, the brain’s threat detector, has broad roles in autism

by  /  14 July 2020

The amygdala has long been a focus of autism research. But its exact role in the condition has been unclear.

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May 2020
Human brain with prefrontal cortex highlighted.
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DNA differences may shape gene expression in the brain before birth

by  /  7 May 2020

Many genes in a brain region implicated in autism change expression patterns in late fetal development, depending on differences in neighboring DNA.

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April 2020
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Brain anatomy differences in autism may vary by age, sex

by  /  13 April 2020

Several regions in the outer layer of the brain are thicker in children and young adults with autism than in their typical peers.

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