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

April 2020
Baby looking up at father's face.
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Siblings of children with autism may process faces their own way

by  /  16 April 2020

Children who have autistic older siblings have bigger neural responses than controls do in the brain networks that process faces.

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four brain views, seen from the side.
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Brain anatomy differences in autism may vary by age, sex

by  /  13 April 2020

Several regions in the outer layer of the brain are thicker in children and young adults with autism than in their typical peers.

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Side view of the human brain, area highlighted at the back of brain is activated by visual stimuli.
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Visual, sensory brain regions in autistic children may have weak links

by  /  6 April 2020

Areas of the brain involved in processing vision are more weakly connected to those that process sensory information in autistic children than in controls.

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March 2020
multiple brain scans showing brain activity during different tasks. Purple background and brains in pink, red and green tones indicate activity.
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New analysis of brain activity could identify signal for autism

by  /  18 March 2020

A new technique allows researchers to analyze raw data across multiple studies that use electroencephalography.

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‘Social brain’ activity may not differ in some autistic people

by  /  16 March 2020

People with autism may have patterns of brain activity that are similar to those in typical people when interpreting social interactions.

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MRI scans of a child's brain with DDX3X mutation
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Newly identified mutations clarify gene’s link to autism, intellectual disability

by  /  12 March 2020

Researchers have cataloged more than 100 mutations in DDX3X, a candidate gene for autism.

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Autistic children’s auditory delays may persist into adulthood

by  /  10 March 2020

A delay in autistic children’s brain responses to sound may continue into adulthood.

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Illustration showing the human brain with neurons made out of flower shapes and the cerebellum highlighted in gold and yellow.
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Brain’s motor hub plays unsung role in social skills, cognition

by  /  9 March 2020

Long known as the director of movement, the cerebellum may also coordinate social and cognitive abilities, including those central to autism.

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Color-coded mouse brain scans
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Machine designed for mouse brain imaging may help autism studies

by  /  6 March 2020

A custom-built machine can scan the brains of awake mice and may improve our understanding of conditions such as autism.

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Coloured transmission electron micrograph (TEM) showing several unmyelinated (green) and myelinated (green with blue border) axons. Schwann cell cytoplasm is red and a nucleus (bottom left) is yellow. The pink lines are the basement membranes.
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Loss of insulation on neurons may contribute to autism

by  /  6 March 2020

Genes involved in the formation of myelin, a fatty substance that sheathes neurons, are altered in autistic people and in several mouse models.

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