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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: MEG

February 2017

Autism may alter how brain waves change with age

by  /  6 February 2017

The strength and synchrony of brain waves appear to evolve differently in children with autism than in their neurotypical peers.

February 2016

Maturity of brain’s sound processors may lag in autism

by  /  8 February 2016

The brain’s sound-processing machinery may mature slowly in children with autism.

October 2015

Slow brain response may underlie language problems in autism

by  /  29 October 2015

Delayed activation of brain areas governing speech could contribute to the language difficulties some people with autism experience.

April 2015

Brain connections give clues to sensory problems in autism

by  /  23 April 2015

Signals that relay sensations from nerves to the brain are abnormally strong in people with autism, a finding that may explain why some people with the disorder are overly sensitive to light, sound and touch.

March 2015

Autism-linked DNA deletion slows brain response to sound

by  /  16 March 2015

Children missing a stretch of chromosome 16 known as 16p11.2 process sound a split second slower than typical children do. The findings suggest that genes encoded in the 16p11.2 region may underlie the hearing delay seen in some people with autism.


Stunted squeaks signal social deficits in autism model

by  /  5 March 2015

Male mice with a genetic variant linked to autism vocalize less in social situations than controls do during encounters with female mice. The findings help to characterize the effects of variants in the 16p11.2 chromosomal region.

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. 

February 2014

‘Resting’ autism brains still hum with activity

by  /  21 February 2014

Even at rest, the brains of people with autism manage more information than those of their peers, according to a new study that may provide support for the so-called ‘intense world’ theory of autism.

January 2014

Cognition and behavior: Autism brains heightened to senses

by  /  17 January 2014

When exposed to irritating noises or images, children with autism show hypersensitivity in brain regions that process sensory information and emotions, according to a study published in November in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

December 2013

Cognition and behavior: White matter shows delays in autism

by  /  6 December 2013

A difference in how auditory nerve fibers develop may explain why children with autism process sounds more slowly than typically developing children do. The result, published in September in Brain Research, also suggests that a widely used method for assessing nerve fiber structure may not be appropriate for autism research.

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