Tag: sensory perception

August 2019
News

Drugs that calm ‘touch neurons’ may ease autism traits

by  /  8 August 2019

An experimental drug that muffles the activity of neurons in the skin moderates heightened reactions to touch in six mouse models of autism.

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July 2019
Mobile with objects like earbuds, ears, eyes and black and white striped disk hanging
Opinion / Viewpoint

We need precise measurements of sensory traits related to autism

by  /  30 July 2019

Separating sensitivity to sensory stimuli from the response to the stimuli may help scientists understand the root cause of sensory traits in autistic people.

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Sensory overload in autism may stem from hypervigilant brain

by  /  29 July 2019

The brains of some autistic children may not adapt to repeated touch or sound, even after several minutes.

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May 2019
News / Toolbox

‘Zombie’ pig brains fire hours after death

by  /  31 May 2019

A new method restores blood flow and some functions in pig brains four hours after the animals have died.

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Features / Deep Dive

How ‘social touch’ shapes autism traits

by  /  29 May 2019

Autistic people have unusual responses to ‘affective touch,’ which conveys social and emotional information. Their responses may reveal how autism begins.

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With its targets, top autism gene may define a form of the condition

by  /  3 May 2019

Children with mutations either in CHD8 — a top autism gene — or in genes that CHD8 controls share similar characteristics.

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Sensory sensitivity may forecast self-injury in autistic children

by  /  3 May 2019

Autistic infants who have extreme responses to sights, sounds or textures tend to harm themselves as toddlers.

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News

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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January 2019
Three views of the human brain show connectivity
News

Sensory, motor connections may be disrupted in autism brains

by  /  31 January 2019

Links between sensory and motor brain networks may be unusually weak in individuals with autism.

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News

People with autism sometimes give ambiguous looks

by  /  2 January 2019

Autistic people have trouble making facial expressions appropriate to the circumstances.

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