Tag: sensory perception

March 2020
Close-up of mouse face and whiskers.
News

Sensory sensitivity in autistic people may stem from subset of neurons

by  /  27 March 2020

Mice missing an autism gene called SHANK3 tend to be hypersensitive to touch, which may stem from underactivity of neurons that normally dampen sensory responses.

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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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November 2019
Eye over brain, with sound coming in at the ear
Opinion / Viewpoint

Sensory troubles may yield key clues to autism’s origins

by  /  26 November 2019

Studies of the brain’s sensory system may provide unique insight into the brain mechanisms that underlie autism and could point to possible treatments.

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Drug combination mutes sensitivity to noise in autism mice

by  /  25 November 2019

A mix of two drugs eases hypersensitivity to noise in mice missing an autism gene — offering the promise of a similar treatment for autistic people.

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Autistic children disproportionately affected by chronic pain

by  /  13 November 2019

Children with autism are about twice as likely as their typical peers to experience chronic or repeated pain.

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Child hesitating in front of a giant eye showing areas of the brain, facial recognition and other connections related to sight.
Opinion / Viewpoint

Seeing connections between autism and blindness

by  /  12 November 2019

Autism is unusually common among people with congenital blindness, in part because the ability to see drives much of brain development.

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October 2019
News

Researchers debut mouse model for new autism gene

by  /  23 October 2019

Mice lacking one copy of a gene called DDX3X have developmental delay and sensory, motor and behavioral problems — similar to those seen in people with a mutation in the gene.

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Skew in neuron numbers may explain sensory sensitivity in autism

by  /  20 October 2019

Loss of certain neurons on one side of the brain may explain why some autistic people are hypersensitive to touch.

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Features / Deep Dive

Getting at the heart of autism

by  /  9 October 2019

Cardiac activity could reveal autism’s physiology and confirm a hunch many clinicians share: that people with autism experience great stress.

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September 2019
Plate of food and soap
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Chicken, crackers — and crayons: Autistic children’s unusual eating preferences

by  /  25 September 2019

Like their neurotypical peers, autistic children like to eat macaroni and cheese, chicken nuggets, French fries and hot dogs, but their list of favorites holds some surprises.

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