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Tag: synaptic plasticity

January 2015

Surplus of synapses may stunt motor skills in autism

by  /  5 January 2015

An overabundance of neuronal connections in the brains of people with autism may contribute to the motor impairments associated with the disorder.

November 2014

Takeaways from SfN 2014

by  /  20 November 2014

Scientists reflect on the current state of autism research as the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C. comes to a close.


In autism, RNA snippets vary little by brain region, age

by  /  20 November 2014

The expression patterns of microRNAs vary less by brain region and age in people with autism than in controls. Researchers presented the unpublished findings Tuesday at the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

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Variants of autism-linked gene have diverse effects in mice

by  /  14 November 2014

Each of four different mutations in SHANK3, a leading autism candidate gene, leads to a different set of symptoms in mice, researchers have found. They presented their unpublished results on Thursday.


Reactions from SfN 2014

by  /  14 November 2014

Tune in for daily updates and reactions from attendees at the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

September 2014

Brains of children with autism teem with surplus synapses

by  /  4 September 2014

The brains of children with autism do not prune unneeded connections between neurons as they age, leaving them with too many of these neuronal links, according to a study published 21 August in Neuron.

July 2014

Robert Malenka discusses reward’s role in autism

23 July 2014

Watch the complete replay of Robert Malenka’s webinar on the molecular underpinnings of social reward.

June 2014

Molecular mechanisms: Fragile X gene tied to cocaine effects

by  /  24 June 2014

The protein missing in fragile X syndrome is necessary for mice to respond to the stimulant cocaine, according to a study published 7 May in Neuron.

May 2014

Signaling pathways link autism, schizophrenia

by  /  27 May 2014

Autism, schizophrenia and intellectual disability share underlying deficits in pathways that regulate how the brain encodes new experiences, says Jason Shepherd.


Misdirected neurons may underlie autism symptoms

by  /  13 May 2014

Proteins that help guide neurons to their correct destination in the brain may be involved in autism, says Christopher Cowan.