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

January 2019
Three views of the human brain show connectivity
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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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Webinar: Christine Wu Nordahl reveals new autism brain-imaging strategies

30 January 2019

Watch the complete replay of Christine Wu Nordahl discussing new ways to expand participation in autism brain-imaging studies.

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Rat model of autism shows unusual brain growth at birth

by  /  30 January 2019

The brains of rats exposed in utero to the seizure drug valproate show a significant increase in brain size around the time of birth.

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New brain maps hint at cerebellum’s role in cognition, language

by  /  25 January 2019

A new analysis of brain scans highlights variations in the cerebellum, a brain area implicated in autism.

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Bright labeling shows neurons.
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Imaging technique paints neuronal fibers in dazzling colors

by  /  18 January 2019

A multicolor labeling method stains neurons brightly enough to reveal the thin connections between individual cells.

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Study recasts cerebellum as key player in social reward

by  /  17 January 2019

The cerebellum, a brain region primarily associated with movement, may mediate the pleasure that comes from socializing.

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Images of the human brain
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Communication in brain may be remarkably constant in autism

by  /  14 January 2019

Patterns of brain activity in people with autism may be unusually consistent over seconds — and even years.

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Method unravels Rett mutation’s effects on specific brain cells

by  /  11 January 2019

A new technique may reveal how mutations on the X chromosome alter various types of cells in the brain.

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Invisible man? Move over for invisible mouse

by  /  11 January 2019

A combination of chemical cocktails has created mice that are — yes — virtually invisible. And new imaging technology reveals the mice’s underlying nerves and lymphatic system in unprecedented detail.

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Autistic children’s language skills stay stable relative to peers

by  /  10 January 2019

Toddlers with strong language skills continue to outperform their peers as they grow up, whereas those with poor skills lag tend to lag behind.

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