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Tag: brain imaging

January 2021
Baby getting an MRI scan

Imaging study casts doubt on cerebellum’s role in autism during infancy

by  /  13 January 2021

Connections between the cerebellum and brain networks do not seem to contribute substantially to the emergence of autism traits.

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Senior man lying down in scanning machine.

Studies hint at effects of aging on autistic brains

by  /  12 January 2021

People with autism or autism traits may be especially vulnerable to brain aging and cognitive decline, two studies suggest.

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twins seated at a table in bright red chairs.

Environment may have outsized effect on brain structure in autism

by  /  12 January 2021

Environmental factors influence brain structure in autistic children more than in non-autistic children, according to an analysis of imaging data from twins.

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Lab mice in cage

‘Litter effects’ may skew findings in mouse studies

by  /  11 January 2021

Even when they share identical genetic backgrounds, mice from separate litters show different patterns of development, according to a new study.

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Colorful CT scan of a zebrafish head.

Zebrafish strains reveal broad effects of autism genes

by  /  11 January 2021

Mutations in autism-linked genes lead to a variety of changes in brain activity, sensory perception and sleep-wake cycles in zebrafish.

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December 2020
Micrograph of nerve cells being targeted by CRISPR enzyme to activate the silenced gene in Angelman syndrome

Hot topics in autism research, 2020

23 December 2020

The Spectrum team highlights five topics that distinguished autism research in 2020: diversity in data, gene therapies, subtyping, social circuitry and the ‘autism gene’ debate.

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November 2020
MRIs show changes over time

Big brain may mark subtype of autism

by  /  27 November 2020

Autistic boys with large brains in early childhood still have large brains in adolescence, challenging the long-standing idea that brain enlargement in autism is temporary.

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October 2020
four brain areas marked with flags: Cortex, amygdala, hippocampus, cerebellum

Brain structure changes in autism, explained

by  /  15 October 2020

Autistic people have distinct patterns of brain development, which sometimes result in differences in brain structure. Here’s what we know about those differences.

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Brain hemispheres color-coded.

Autism shares brain structure changes with other psychiatric conditions

by  /  1 October 2020

Atypical development of a particular type of neuron explains the structural similarities seen in the brains of people with autism, schizophrenia and other conditions, according to a new study.

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September 2020
Mother in the background unsuccessfully trying to get attention of daughter in the foreground.

Neural responses to names may underlie language difficulties in some autistic people

by  /  21 September 2020

Minimally verbal autistic people do not differentiate the sound of their own name from that of a stranger, according to a new EEG study.

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