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Tag: brain imaging

April 2020
Side view of the human brain, area highlighted at the back of brain is activated by visual stimuli.

Visual, sensory brain regions in autistic children may have weak links

by  /  6 April 2020

Areas of the brain involved in processing vision are more weakly connected to those that process sensory information in autistic children than in controls.

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March 2020
Young boy is interacting with a small rubbery green colored robot through a touch screen.

How autism researchers are applying machine-learning techniques

by  /  25 March 2020

Researchers are using machine learning to improve diagnostic predictions of autism, create interactive support robots, and more.

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multiple brain scans showing brain activity during different tasks. Purple background and brains in pink, red and green tones indicate activity.

New analysis of brain activity could identify signal for autism

by  /  18 March 2020

A new technique allows researchers to analyze raw data across multiple studies that use electroencephalography.

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‘Social brain’ activity may not differ in some autistic people

by  /  16 March 2020

People with autism may have patterns of brain activity that are similar to those in typical people when interpreting social interactions.

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Color-coded mouse brain scans

Machine designed for mouse brain imaging may help autism studies

by  /  6 March 2020

A custom-built machine can scan the brains of awake mice and may improve our understanding of conditions such as autism.

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Young girl crying into mother's shoulder

Enlarged amygdala linked to severe behavioral problems in autistic girls

by  /  5 March 2020

Autistic children who have behavioral problems tend to have an enlarged right amygdala, and in girls the size is associated with the severity of certain behaviors.

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Brain scans showing differences between those with TBR1 mutations and controls.

Mutations in top autism gene linked to changes in brain structure

by  /  4 March 2020

People with mutations in a gene called TBR1 have unusual features in several brain regions, along with autism traits and developmental delay.

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Older autistic adults may retain strong visual abilities

by  /  2 March 2020

Autistic adults may not experience the typical age-related decline in brain regions related to vision.

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February 2020
iphone held up to crowd shows MRIs of people nearby

Why concern about facial recognition from brain scans is overblown

by  /  18 February 2020

Can brain scans, in the wrong hands, compromise research participants’ identity? The risk is minimal.

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brain form in the shape of white flowers on black background with the striatum in red

Striatum, the brain’s reward hub, may drive core autism traits

by  /  17 February 2020

Associated primarily with its role in movement, the striatum may also influence the social difficulties of autistic people.

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