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Tag: cortex

May 2019
Neurons firing and lighting up

Single-cell analysis suggests brain signaling problems in autism

by ,  /  22 May 2019

Recent advances in technology allow researchers to measure RNA that is contained within the nucleus of a single brain cell.

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Individual cells from the brains of autistic people show distinct gene-expression patterns, and are shown in different colors.

Analysis of single cells implicates set of neurons in autism

by  /  22 May 2019

A set of neurons involved in complex cognitive functions may play a central role in autism.

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April 2019

Scans in preterm babies reveal patterns of brain development

by  /  19 April 2019

Two imaging techniques together reveal architectural features of the brains of preterm infants.

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March 2019

Large set of brain scans reveals no telltale signs of autism

by  /  21 March 2019

The brains of autistic children show few differences from those of children with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, or even of controls.

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February 2019
Close up of mouse shows whiskers

Four sets of mice call popular autism theory into question

by  /  25 February 2019

An analysis of four mouse models negates certain assumptions underlying the signaling imbalance theory of autism.

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Brain’s prefrontal cortex conducts symphony of social players

by  /  20 February 2019

A brain region that orchestrates responses to social cues and aids decision-making may be off tempo in autism.

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January 2019
a series of brain images

New brain maps hint at cerebellum’s role in cognition, language

by  /  25 January 2019

A new analysis of brain scans highlights variations in the cerebellum, a brain area implicated in autism.

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December 2018

Massive analysis refines map of autism’s genetic roots

by  /  19 December 2018

The largest genetic analysis of postmortem brain tissue to date has yielded maps of when and where genes related to autism are turned on and off throughout life.

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Child in MEG with eeg cap

Autistic children may have to mute own perspective to grasp others’

by  /  6 December 2018

To understand another person’s point of view, children with autism may need to actively suppress their own.

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November 2018
Black and white images shows human neurons grafted onto a mouse brain grow over time.

Human neurons take root in living mouse brains

by  /  30 November 2018

Neurons grown from human stem cells and grafted onto the brains of live mice mature and form connections like those in the fetal human brain.

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