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May 2009

Laser technique pins source of brain waves linked to autism

by  /  19 May 2009

Researchers have for the first time identified the type of neurons that produce gamma rhythms, the high-frequency brain waves that are thought to go awry in autism and schizophrenia.

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Flawed figures

by  /  14 May 2009

A flaw in brain imaging analysis is more widespread than anyone realized: When choosing from the enormous amounts of data generated from an fMRI experiment, scientists often ‘double dip,’ or use the same subset for setting up a hypothesis and for confirming it.

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Brain images uncover candidate genes for schizophrenia, autism

by  /  12 May 2009

Applying an emerging technique that combines genetic data and brain scans, researchers have identified two new genes involved in schizophrenia. The method, called ‘imaging genetics’, holds promise for linking genes to brain function in complex psychiatric disorders, including autism.

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Motor memories

by  /  8 May 2009

A few talks today at IMFAR suggest that procedural memory — which we use for everything from riding a bike to conjugating regular verbs — is impaired in people with autism.

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Heads examined

by  /  8 May 2009

Do children with autism have unusually large brains?

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Who said that?

by  /  8 May 2009

People with autism have trouble recognizing facial expressions and judging the emotional tone of spoken words — or at least, that’s what many researchers say.

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Visual contrast drives face recognition, study finds

by  /  5 May 2009

The answer to a long-standing mystery in visual neuroscience may also help explain how people with autism perceive faces, according to a study published in March in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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April 2009

Un-common discovery

by  /  30 April 2009

You’ve probably noticed that newsstands everywhere are covering a huge breakthrough in autism: the discovery of the first common genetic risk variants for autism.

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Genome-wide study fingers first common risk factors for autism

by  /  28 April 2009

Autism results from a diverse mix of common and rare genetic variants, many of which act in pathways that form and maintain connections between neurons. That’s the message from the largest genome-wide association studies of autism to date, published online today in Nature.

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Screen for autism risk genes finds two new candidates

by  /  28 April 2009

Scientists have found a handful of genes — including two that had not previously been associated with autism — that may increase risk of the disorder.

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