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

February 2020
brain form in the shape of white flowers on black background with the striatum in red
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Striatum, the brain’s reward hub, may drive core autism traits

by  /  17 February 2020

Associated primarily with its role in movement, the striatum may also influence the social difficulties of autistic people.

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A grid of four black and white images shows how movement can disrupt brain scans.
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Breathing may scramble brain scans used in autism research

by  /  13 February 2020

Autism researchers who use brain scans may not be accounting for the head motion caused by study participants’ breathing.

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Map of fly brain lights up millions of connections

by  /  12 February 2020

A new wiring diagram of the fruit fly brain is the most complex ever created.

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New map charts pathways of neurons in marmoset brain

by  /  5 February 2020

An online map of the marmoset brain may enable researchers to better understand how neuronal connections function.

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January 2020
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News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Gut microbiome, oxytocin treatment, hippocampus development

by  /  31 January 2020

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 27 January.

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group of six brain images from children show white matter, anomalies shown in red areas
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Structure of brain matter in young autistic children may show distinct patterns

by  /  30 January 2020

The long fibers of neurons in the brains of young children with autism are structured differently from those of their neurotypical peers — and from those of older children with the condition.

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Hologram brings brain’s complex highways to life

by  /  29 January 2020

Bioengineers and neuroanatomists have collaborated to create a holographic representation of how information travels in the brain.

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In brain imaging studies of autism, location may alter results

by  /  27 January 2020

A new analysis hints at the source of the rampant inconsistency among brain imaging studies in autism: significant differences among study sites.

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Researchers map connections in fetal human brain

by  /  24 January 2020

A new map of the fetal brain during the second and third trimesters of pregnancy reveals the brain’s complex network of connections.

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Spheres of brain cells may offer crystal ball for autism’s origins

by  /  24 January 2020

Researchers have monitored the active genome in brain organoids over the course of nearly two years — and may find clues to autism’s roots.

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