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Tag: cortex

April 2018
four brains sliced to show varying thickness

Genes altered in autism may control brain’s thickness

by  /  12 April 2018

Some genes associated with autism may influence the thickness of the cerebral cortex, the brain’s outer layer.

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December 2017
Week of DecemberDec
4th
2017

Pruning protein; cultural connection; cannabis consent and more

by  /  8 December 2017

A pruning protein reshapes neurons, culture should be a consideration in trials of autism treatments, and another U.S. state adds autism to the list of indications for medical cannabis.

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November 2017
rat mother with rat pups

Researchers advance models of maternal antibody link to autism

by  /  15 November 2017

Sophisticated animal models — including a new rat model — are revealing how maternal antibodies contribute to autism risk.

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EEG caps, fNIRS

Realistic social test identifies new language area in brain

by  /  13 November 2017

A test designed to capture the dynamic back-and-forth of conversation suggests the existence of a new language area in the brain.

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Genes that regulate brain activity in people with autism (right) differ from those in controls (left).

Distinct set of genes controls brain activity in people with autism

by  /  12 November 2017

A different set of genes regulates brain activity in people with autism than the set involved in controls.

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Week of OctoberOct
30th
2017

Gene-editing gadgetry; intelligence trajectories; research reset and more

by  /  3 November 2017

Two new gadgets join the gene-editing toolbox, many children with autism get smarter with age, and a survey points to a research reset for Autism Speaks.

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Brain bank slice of brain in lab

Banking on brains for clues to autism

by  /  1 November 2017

New initiatives aim to increase brain donations for autism research and maximize what scientists can learn from these precious specimens.

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September 2017
Week of SeptemberSep
11th
2017

Maternal immunity; drug doubts; harassment scandal and more

by  /  15 September 2017

Two studies back the link between autism and maternal inflammation, other work weakens worry about antidepressant use in pregnancy, and a harassment scandal rocks a university’s cognitive science department.

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Portrait of Eric Courchesne outside

Eric Courchesne: Reaching for the rings in autism research

by  /  4 September 2017

Eric Courchesne is known for his findings on brain size in autism. But the roots of his long career trace back to his own childhood disability.

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Image of brains showing The crests of the brain’s outer shell are more curved in people with autism (top) than in controls (bottom)

Computer tool maps ridges on brain’s bumpy surface

by  /  1 September 2017

New software charts the crests of the folds that define the brain’s surface in people with autism.

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