Some therapies use play and other activities to reinforce skills that autistic children often find challenging. Trials show these methods can change a child’s trajectory for the better, but the evidence base remains thin.
A Hollywood-inspired video tool that captures movement in three dimensions over extended time periods shows that rats lacking the autism-linked gene FMR1 have different grooming patterns than controls do.
Associated primarily with its role in movement, the striatum may also influence the social difficulties of autistic people.
The mutation that causes Angelman syndrome makes neurons hyperexcitable, which may explain the frequent seizures that most people with the syndrome have.
A new technique lets researchers watch brain circuits as they’re being built, starting from the individual neurons birth.
A new mobile app enhances scientific images by displaying augmented-reality renderings of the complete data over printed figures.