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November 2013

Close look at autism-linked region reveals complex biology

by  /  27 November 2013

Deletion and duplication of the 16p11.2 chromosomal region have opposite effects on brain size, but produce similar alterations in the brain’s processing of sound. Researchers reported these and other unpublished findings at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego, painting a complex picture of the region’s role in autism.


With training, autism rat models overcome hearing problems

by  /  11 November 2013

Rat models of autism have a weak and sluggish brain response to speech sounds, but behavioral training can improve their performance. The unpublished results, presented Sunday at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego, suggest that a similar approach may benefit people with the disorder.


Autism marked by excess neural response to sensory stimuli

by  /  10 November 2013

The brains of children with autism don’t tune out irrelevant sensory information, according to a brain imaging study presented Saturday at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego.

October 2013

Tim Roberts: Sounding out a signature for autism

by  /  24 October 2013

Tim Roberts knits together physics, medicine and technology to trace the origins of language processing problems in the brain, hoping to identify a telltale signature, or biomarker, for autism.

April 2013

Study clarifies link between 15q duplication and autism

by  /  4 April 2013

Children who carry an extra copy of the 15q11-13 region of the genome usually have autism and sleep troubles, as well as distinctive brain-wave patterns and facial features, according to a report published 14 March in Autism Research.

March 2013

Six questions for connectivity theory research

by  /  22 March 2013

‘Underconnectivity’ is considered one of the best-supported theories for the neural basis of autism. But many questions remain unanswered, says Jon Brock.

February 2013

Cognition and behavior: Visual perception enhanced in autism

by  /  27 February 2013

People with autism are adept at detecting whether two items appear on a screen simultaneously or close together in time, according to a study published 14 December in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.


Autism brains marked by weak local connections, study says

by  /  21 February 2013

Connections between neighboring groups of brain cells are weaker in individuals with autism than in controls, according to a report published 14 January in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.


Andrew Meltzoff & Patricia Kuhl: Joint attention to mind

by  /  11 February 2013

Husband and wife research team Andrew Meltzoff and Patricia Kuhl have shown that learning is a fundamentally social process, beginning in early infancy.

December 2012

Child development: The first steps

by  /  6 December 2012

Because infants born into families with autism are more likely to develop the condition, studying them might lead to ways to diagnose people in the general population earlier.