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September 2021
Four brains showing areas affected by the X chomosome in yellow

X chromosome exerts extra influence on brain development

by  /  15 September 2021

The X chromosome holds stronger-than-expected genetic sway over the structure of several brain regions. The genes that may underlie this oversized influence have ties to autism.

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Scientist Ethan Scott takes aim with a bow and arrow in his backyard.

Beyond the Bench: A conversation with Ethan Scott

by  /  13 September 2021

Ethan Scott packs his lab with math, physics and computer science experts to decode sensory brain networks in zebrafish models of autism.

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June 2021
side, top and frontal views of human brains.

How autism scientists are tackling brain imaging’s replication problem

by  /  30 June 2021

Reports of flaws in imaging research are signs of a maturing field, experts say, not a devastating blow to its results.

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Portrait of Tonya White with her bike next to the water, Rotterdam.

Beyond the Bench: A conversation with Tonya White

by  /  29 June 2021

When Tonya White isn’t studying brain development, she might be listening to audiobooks or cycling across Europe — but she probably isn’t tweeting.

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May 2021
brains of different sizes in colorful, radiant space with echoing shapes

Brain structures grow differently in boys, men with autism

by  /  19 May 2021

Autistic boys and men show notable differences in brain development, according to magnetic resonance imaging scans taken over a 16-year period.

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Fetal brain scans may forecast autism traits in toddlers

by  /  7 May 2021

Children with highly folded and curved brains in utero tend to show autism-linked behaviors at 18 months of age, according to a longitudinal brain-imaging study.

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Anxiety specific to autism linked to amygdala differences

by  /  3 May 2021

People who experience an autism-specific form of anxiety also tend to have an unusually small amygdala, a brain region associated with emotion processing and fear, according to a new unpublished study.

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April 2021
Brains scans reveal sharper boundaries between white and gray matter in autistic people.

Thin insulation may explain atypical cortical thickness seen in autism

by  /  23 April 2021

Differences in myelin, the insulation that surrounds neuronal projections, may shade measurements of cortical thickness on brain scans, a new study suggests.

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Child in an MEG machine

Making neuroimaging accessible for more autistic children

by  /  6 April 2021

A new protocol aims to help researchers include more autistic people — especially those who are minimally verbal or have intellectual disability — in imaging studies.

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October 2020
four brain areas marked with flags: Cortex, amygdala, hippocampus, cerebellum

Brain structure changes in autism, explained

by  /  15 October 2020

Autistic people have distinct patterns of brain development, which sometimes result in differences in brain structure. Here’s what we know about those differences.

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