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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: fMRI

January 2017

Brain scans may forecast effectiveness of autism treatment

by  /  9 January 2017

Patterns of activity in certain brain regions may predict how well a child with autism will respond to a behavioral therapy.

November 2016

Extra dose of Rett syndrome gene alters brain waves in monkeys

by  /  16 November 2016

Monkeys with multiple copies of the gene MeCP2 have irregular brain waves similar to those seen in some children with autism.


Brain scans sniff out root of unusual sense of smell in autism

by  /  14 November 2016

People with autism who are acutely sensitive to smells have unusually weak connections between a brain region that processes social stimuli and one that integrates sensory information.


Brain scans connect autism with schizophrenia, depression

by  /  13 November 2016

A new tool spots shared patterns of brain connectivity among people who have autism, schizophrenia or major depressive disorder.

October 2016

Scans during sleep spotlight early brain asynchrony in autism

by  /  26 October 2016

Brain scans of sleeping children with autism reveal reduced synchrony between a brain region that processes emotions and structures involved in social communication.

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September 2016

Imaging database for autism aims to outgrow quality concerns

by  /  1 September 2016

The biggest bank of brain scans from people with autism just doubled in size, boosting the odds of spotting a signal in the noisy data.

August 2016

New map of brain’s surface unites structure, function

by  /  29 August 2016

Researchers have charted the human cerebral cortex in unprecedented detail, adding to what is known about the brain’s bumpy outer layer.


Girls with autism show anomalies in ‘daydreaming network’

by  /  18 August 2016

Brain areas that spring to life when a person is at rest are less synchronized in girls with autism than in typical girls.


Reckless report exaggerates flaws in brain scan software

by  /  16 August 2016

A bug in brain imaging software casts doubt on the results of some autism studies, but it’s way too soon to write off the powerful imaging technique.

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July 2016

Questions for Nordahl, Mello: Scans for children with autism

by  /  19 July 2016

Techniques used in behavioral interventions could help scientists scan the brains of children who have both autism and intellectual disability.