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Tag: amygdala

March 2018
Week of MarchMar
19th
2018

Activists arrested; poop cult; ‘landmark’ movie and more

by  /  23 March 2018

Activists are arrested while protesting the use of electroshock devices, a Facebook group claims cabbage slurry can prevent autism, and a movie features romance — and actors — on the spectrum.

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January 2018
Protein levels in the brain from birth to about 40 years vary more (blue) or less (red) by brain region but are similar across the lifespan.

Tool tracks brain proteins from infancy to adulthood

by  /  19 January 2018

A new inventory of proteins reveals their levels in seven brain regions from infancy through adulthood.

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November 2017
Brain regions (yellow) altered by missing immune genes correlate with those involved in anxiety.

Imaging study links immune genes to anxiety

by  /  12 November 2017

Mice missing any of 11 genes involved in the immune response show differences in brain anatomy that track with anxiety.

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Brain bank slice of brain in lab

Banking on brains for clues to autism

by  /  1 November 2017

New initiatives aim to increase brain donations for autism research and maximize what scientists can learn from these precious specimens.

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September 2017
Week of SeptemberSep
4th
2017

Face learning; mosaic inheritance; nosy scientists and more

by  /  8 September 2017

A monkey study suggests facial recognition is not innate, a puzzle piece symbol carries negative connotations, and scientists are using a federal law to snoop on colleagues.

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A brain scan showing an abnormally small amygdala

Anxiety may alter processing of emotions in people with autism

by  /  6 September 2017

A brain region that processes emotions tends to be smaller in children who have both autism and anxiety than in those who have autism alone.

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August 2017
Week of AugustAug
14th
2017

Transcranial treatment; maternal inflammation; autism ants and more

by  /  18 August 2017

Transcranial treatment may bolster memory in adults with autism, inflammatory molecule may alter an emotional brain region in newborns, and examining ants could yield insights into autism

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Three white mice.

Social interactions shape gene expression in fragile X mice

by  /  16 August 2017

Mice missing FMR1, the gene mutated in fragile X syndrome, have an atypical brain response to meeting an unfamiliar mouse.

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October 2016

Scans during sleep spotlight early brain asynchrony in autism

by  /  26 October 2016

Brain scans of sleeping children with autism reveal reduced synchrony between a brain region that processes emotions and structures involved in social communication.

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August 2016

Maps reveal genetic landscape of developing monkey brain

by  /  12 August 2016

Researchers have charted gene expression in the brains of rhesus macaques from before birth into adulthood.

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