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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: fMRI

June 2016

Brain connectivity fluctuates over time in autism

by  /  6 June 2016

People with autism show frequent swings in synchronized activity between brain regions, a finding that could explain inconsistencies across studies.

May 2016

Brain signature characterizes boys with autism

by  /  19 May 2016

Activity in the social brain circuit can distinguish a boy who has autism from a typically developing boy with 76 percent accuracy.


New tool lets cognitive skills guide autism treatment

by  /  14 May 2016

A new algorithm relies on abilities rather than diagnoses to steer clinicians toward personalized treatments for autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.


Sight may mix with sound in autism brains

by  /  13 May 2016

People with autism may use visual areas of the brain to process sounds, which could help explain why they have trouble with this task.


How dining out with my daughter inspired my autism studies

by  /  12 May 2016

Restaurants can be stressful for my daughter Frances, who has autism, but her difficulties led me to try to better understand and treat her type of situational anxiety.


Fast-acting anesthetic sharpens images of rodent brains

by  /  11 May 2016

A chemical commonly used in emergency rooms can anesthetize mice and rats for brain scans without distorting the images.

April 2016

Autism’s brain signature lingers even after loss of diagnosis

by  /  1 April 2016

Children who lose their autism diagnosis show distinct brain activity patterns that may reveal how treatment affected their developing brain.

February 2016

Study maps brain coordinates of language delay in autism

by  /  26 February 2016

A new analysis of 22 studies points to a possible anatomical source for some of the language problems in autism.

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January 2016

Some autism genes may act as control knobs for brain activity

by  /  4 January 2016

Researchers have uncovered 38 genes, including 9 autism candidates, that may fine-tune brain activity.

November 2015

Rare glimpse of neurons refines understanding of amygdala

by  /  16 November 2015

An unprecedented look at the activity of 223 individual neurons in the amygdala calls into question the longstanding idea that the region recognizes eye contact.