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November 2014

Method provides reference map for brain connectivity patterns

by  /  19 November 2014

A new mathematical method helps researchers understand how brain connectivity in individuals varies from group norms.

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Social brain is duped by fake personal interactions

by  /  17 November 2014

Believing that you’re involved in a live interaction, even when you’re not, is enough to activate the social brain, according to unpublished work presented today at the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

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Researchers refine cerebellum’s role in autism

by  /  16 November 2014

People with autism have trouble moving in response to something they see, a process tuned by the cerebellum. Researchers presented the unpublished study today at the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C. Another study presented today links defects in a section of the cerebellum to language problems in autism, underscoring the region’s importance in the disorder.

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October 2014

Tracking neurons’ long projections to unravel autism

by ,  /  21 October 2014

Many brain imaging studies of autism focus on neurons’ connections or activity, but examining neuronal tracts across the brain is equally informative, say Julia Owen and Pratik Mukherjee. 

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August 2014

Uta and Chris Frith: A partnership of the mind

by  /  28 August 2014

British psychologist Uta Frith has singlehandedly transformed our understanding of autism. In partnership with her husband, neuroimaging expert Chris Frith, she helped launch the field of cognitive neuroscience and shaped a generation of scientists.

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‘Thunder’ promises lightning-fast analysis of big brain data

by  /  14 August 2014

Researchers have developed a set of software tools called Thunder that can find meaningful patterns in large-scale data on brain activity.

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Active or at rest, brain conducts similar symphonies

by  /  5 August 2014

Researchers measure how brain networks work together by scanning volunteers’ brains either while they’re resting passively or while they’re engaged in a task. A study published 2 July in Neuron argues that the networks activated in these two scenarios are more similar than previously thought.

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April 2014

Scaled-down device detects brain activity in children

by  /  23 April 2014

A new device designed to conduct magneto-electroencephalography in children younger than 3 years is ideal for detecting early signs of autism, researchers reported 3 March in Frontiers in Human Neuroscience. 

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The cerebellum’s surprisingly evolved role in autism

by  /  1 April 2014

Thought until recently to only coordinate motor skills, the cerebellum is involved in diverse cognitive functions such as language and social interaction, and may play a role in autism, says Emanuel DiCicco-Bloom.

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March 2014

Cognition and behavior: Brain symmetry atypical in autism

by  /  28 March 2014

People with autism show diminished language activity in the left halves of their brains but otherwise show typical specialization between hemispheres, according to a study published 6 February in Molecular Autism.

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