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Tag: amygdala

May 2016

Mouse with key autism mutation defies expectations

by  /  14 May 2016

Mice with a mutation in CHD8, the top autism gene, show no signs of any of the condition’s core features.

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How dining out with my daughter inspired my autism studies

by  /  12 May 2016

Restaurants can be stressful for my daughter Frances, who has autism, but her difficulties led me to try to better understand and treat her type of situational anxiety.

November 2015

Rare glimpse of neurons refines understanding of amygdala

by  /  16 November 2015

An unprecedented look at the activity of 223 individual neurons in the amygdala calls into question the longstanding idea that the region recognizes eye contact.

October 2015

Brain’s face detector lights up questions about autism’s origins

by  /  15 October 2015

Lower activity in a key face processing region of the brain hints that people with autism could benefit from training to become ‘face experts.’

July 2015

Rodent learning sheds light on missed social cues in autism

by  /  28 July 2015

Many people with autism have trouble interpreting and responding to social cues. Studying how rats learn from each other can provide insights into the human social brain, says Amiel Rosenkranz.

June 2015

Atlas charts gene activity in developing monkey brains

by  /  10 June 2015

Researchers have for the first time mapped gene expression in the rhesus macaque brain from birth through adulthood. The atlas illuminates the expression patterns of genes likely to be important in autism.

December 2014

‘Brain-normalizing’ therapy points to new kind of biomarker

by  /  1 December 2014

Pivotal response treatment, an effective form of behavioral therapy for autism, normalizes brain activity in children with the disorder, according to a small study published earlier this month in Brain Imaging and Behavior. This suggests that brain imaging can signal early responses to autism treatments.

November 2014

Exposure to ‘auntie’ mouse is therapeutic for fragile X mice

by  /  25 November 2014

A setup that mimics early behavioral intervention reverses social and cognitive deficits seen in a mouse model of fragile X syndrome.


Enriched environment staves off autism-like behavior in rats

by  /  20 November 2014

Rats exposed in utero to the epilepsy drug valproic acid, a risk factor for autism, do not develop autism-like behaviors if they are reared in a stimulating environment. Researchers presented the unpublished findings yesterday at the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

October 2014

Analysis of mouse brains maps subgroups of autism

by  /  13 October 2014

A brain imaging study of 26 mouse models of autism reveals a broad range of structural abnormalities. The models cluster into groups with similar features, reports a study published 9 September in Molecular Psychiatry.