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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: neural circuits

July 2020
Human eye macro view

Eye ‘jumps’ in autistic people may be especially fleeting

by  /  9 July 2020

Autistic people tend to have trouble shifting their gaze to take in all the details of a scene.

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Fine-tuning brain activity reverses memory problems in mice with autism mutation

by  /  6 July 2020

Dampening overactive brain circuits alleviates social and memory problems in a mouse model of 22q11.2 deletion syndrome.

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May 2020

Extra proteins alter microglia and behavior in mice

by  /  29 May 2020

The overproduction of proteins in brain cells called microglia causes social impairments, cognitive deficits and repetitive behavior in male mice, a new study has found.

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Ultra-sensitive protein activates neurons in response to external light

by  /  27 May 2020

A new, minimally invasive technique allows researchers to activate neurons in the brains of mice and monkeys by using a light source located outside of the head.

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April 2020
Two neuron images compared side by side

Lithium may treat behavior linked to autism gene

by  /  24 April 2020

The mood-stabilizing drug lithium seems to ease repetitive behaviors seen in mice missing SHANK3, an autism gene.

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March 2020
Color-coded mouse brain scans

Machine designed for mouse brain imaging may help autism studies

by  /  6 March 2020

A custom-built machine can scan the brains of awake mice and may improve our understanding of conditions such as autism.

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January 2020

Artificial neurons may repair damaged cells and circuits

by  /  17 January 2020

Electronic neurons made from silicon mimic brain cells and could be used to treat conditions such as autism.

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How the autonomic nervous system may govern anxiety in autism

by ,  /  14 January 2020

The branch of the nervous system that regulates subconscious bodily processes such as breathing and digestion may play a key role in autism.

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November 2019
Eye over brain, with sound coming in at the ear

Sensory troubles may yield key clues to autism’s origins

by  /  26 November 2019

Studies of the brain’s sensory system may provide unique insight into the brain mechanisms that underlie autism and could point to possible treatments.

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Rethinking repetitive behaviors in autism

by  /  25 November 2019

Autistic people have long maintained that repetitive behaviors are beneficial. Emerging evidence in support of this idea is shaping new therapies.

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