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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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