Tag: learning and memory

December 2016
Illustration by Julia Yellow
Features / Special Reports / 2016: Year in review

Notable papers of 2016

26 December 2016

Our picks for the top 10 papers of the year highlight leaps in our understanding of autism, as well as lingering gaps.

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November 2016
Sniff test: Rats given oxytocin can better remember other rats even a week after stopping the drug.

Rodent studies test oxytocin’s translational mettle

by  /  15 November 2016

Researchers are grappling with the complexities of transforming oxytocin into a drug for use in the clinic.

October 2016
Weighty matter:  Mice lacking a gene called RAI1 in certain neurons (right) overeat and become obese.

Study pins down biological basis of rare autism-linked syndrome

by  /  27 October 2016

Subsets of neurons lacking a gene called RAI1 contribute to Smith-Magenis syndrome, a rare condition related to autism.

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September 2016
In sync: 
 Neurons in the hippocampus of mice with too much (middle) or too little (bottom) MeCP2 fire more synchronously (black arrows) than do those in controls (top).

Loss, doubling of Rett gene produce similar brain glitch

by  /  15 September 2016

Mice with either too little or too much MeCP2, the gene mutated in Rett syndrome, show similar malfunctions in a learning and memory circuit.

August 2016
Audio only. The hippocampus is a brain region that looks like a seahorse. It helps form memories —  whether that’s the name of the fourth president of the United States or about yesterday’s trip to the mall. People with autism have little trouble holding onto facts, but they often have problems recalling visits to the mall and other life events. This gap may contribute to some of their social quirks.

Memory hub could underlie social, cognitive quirks of autism

by  /  24 August 2016

The brain’s memory center, the hippocampus, may provide clues to features of autism as disparate as personal relationships and decision-making.

Clocking out:  Children with autism have trouble gauging how long things take. BeholdingEye / Getty Images

Tracking time can be tricky for children with autism

by  /  11 August 2016

Children with autism have trouble relying on past experiences to gauge how long things typically take.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Timing is key to understanding sensory, social issues in autism

by  /  9 August 2016

Individuals with autism have trouble reading social cues because their brains connect sights and sounds over unusually long periods of time.

July 2016
Tremor trigger: Deleting MeCP2 (green) from a subset of neurons in the mouse brain (right) leads to tremors and anxiety.

Two types of neurons play key roles in Rett syndrome

by  /  27 July 2016

Manipulating MeCP2, the gene mutated in Rett syndrome, has revealed two neuron types as crucial contributors to the condition.

Illustration by Jun Cen

For children with autism, multiple languages may be a boon

by  /  25 July 2016

Most children who learn more than one language gain valuable skills, and researchers say this may also be true for children with autism.

May 2016
Opinion / Q&A

Questions for Elizabeth Berry-Kravis: Dodging mouse traps

by  /  24 May 2016

A mouse model of fragile X syndrome lacks a key feature of the condition, prompting researchers to look for other ways to test treatments.


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