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Charting the structure and function of the brain’s many circuits may unravel autism’s mysteries.

June 2020
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Brain responses to social stimuli may vary by sex in autism

by  /  29 June 2020

Autistic girls’ brains respond more strongly to social stimuli than do autistic boys’.

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How the cerebellum is linked to autism

by  /  22 June 2020

In this video, professors Sam Wang and Peter Tsai explain the role of the ‘little brain’ in cognition, social skills, emotion control and repetitive behaviors.

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Autism linked to sleep problems and brain changes in infancy

by  /  19 June 2020

Children with autism are more likely than typical children to have had problems falling asleep as infants, and to have shown brain overgrowth.

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New atlas maps mouse brain in 3D

by  /  17 June 2020

A new high-resolution atlas provides the most detailed views of mouse brain structure to date.

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Flexible implant records brain activity in rats for more than a year

by  /  3 June 2020

A new flexible electrode array can detect the activity of neurons in a rat’s brain at high resolution for more than a year.

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May 2020
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Extra proteins alter microglia and behavior in mice

by  /  29 May 2020

The overproduction of proteins in brain cells called microglia causes social impairments, cognitive deficits and repetitive behavior in male mice, a new study has found.

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Ultra-sensitive protein activates neurons in response to external light

by  /  27 May 2020

A new, minimally invasive technique allows researchers to activate neurons in the brains of mice and monkeys by using a light source located outside of the head.

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Social brain may differ between men and women

by  /  20 May 2020

Brain imaging data reveal sex differences in regions linked to social contact.

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New mapping technique reveals unexpected brain cell diversity

by  /  13 May 2020

Star-shaped cells called astrocytes may play a greater role in brain development than previously thought.

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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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