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Tag: fMRI

October 2018
Illustration of human brain in brackets suggesting circuit alterations that is associated with certain genetic mutations.

Brain scans of sleeping mice hint at subtypes of autism

by  /  9 October 2018

Mapping the effects of autism mutations on mouse brain circuits may reveal subtypes of the condition in people.

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August 2018
Rhesus macaque making a funny face.

Three distinct brain systems underlie monkey social skills

by  /  10 August 2018

A new map shows three brain networks that govern social communication in rhesus macaques.

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July 2018

Reward-system differences may underlie multiple autism features

by  /  30 July 2018

The brain’s system for sensing pleasure and reward shows unusual activation patterns and an atypical structure in people with autism.

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June 2018
eight brains with various sections highlighted

Chromosome 16 deletion miswires brain in people, mice

by  /  12 June 2018

Mice and people missing a copy of a chromosomal region called 16p11.2 show similar patterns of weak brain connections.

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May 2018

Inflammation in mother tied to child’s brain function, behavior

by  /  31 May 2018

Brain networks in newborns may reflect the degree of inflammation their mothers experienced during pregnancy.

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April 2018
eight brains with different regions highlighted

Brains of men with autism have some ‘female’ patterns

by  /  25 April 2018

The brains of men with autism may have a mosaic of features from both genders.

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How to break new ground in the search for autism biomarkers

by  /  3 April 2018

A large dataset that catalogs the features of many brain conditions could transform the quest for biomarkers of autism.

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November 2017
woman looking behind her with fearful expression

Face processing may improve over time in children with autism

by  /  13 November 2017

The activity of the brain’s face detector, the fusiform gyrus, in response to faces is greater in adolescents with autism than it is in younger children with the condition.

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spotlight on brain in doctor's office

Note to autism scientists: Control for z’s

by  /  13 November 2017

Differences in sleep and circadian rhythm may distort the results of autism studies.

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High-frequency sound waves reveal changes in blood flow that correspond to seizure activity.

Tool taps sound waves to trace seizure activity in newborns

by  /  9 November 2017

A new ultrasound device provides high-resolution movies of blood flow through the brains of infants.

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