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

July 2020
Person sleeping with EEG electrodes attached to head
Opinion / Viewpoint

Losing sleep: How researchers miss a key contributor to autism

by ,  /  16 July 2020

Doctors and scientists should consider sleep problems an integral part of autism and begin to study them in more rigorous ways.

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Mouse with optpgenetic device in its head
News / Toolbox

Wireless optogenetics device reveals new role for ‘cuddle hormone’

by  /  15 July 2020

A new wireless device switches oxytocin-producing neurons on and off in mice as they interact, showing the hormone’s effects depend on social context.

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An illustration of the brain shows the amydala highlighted in green among botanical forms that look like neurons.
News

Amygdala, the brain’s threat detector, has broad roles in autism

by  /  14 July 2020

The amygdala has long been a focus of autism research. But its exact role in the condition has been unclear.

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portraits of Michelle Failla and David Moore
Multimedia / Webinars

Webinar: Michelle Failla and David Moore on pain in autism

29 July 2020

On 29 July, Michelle Failla and David Moore gave a webinar on pain in autism, which focused on sensations, emotions and behaviors.

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four brain views with different areas lit up
News

Sensory networks overconnected early in autism

by  /  3 July 2020

Autistic toddlers have unusually strong connections between sensory areas of the brain.

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June 2020
three teens chatting
News

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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News

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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News

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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News / Toolbox

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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News / Toolbox

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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