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The Brain

Charting the structure and function of the brain’s many circuits may unravel autism’s mysteries.

January 2018
News

Anxiety drug reverses problems in mice with autism mutation

by  /  4 January 2018

A widely used treatment for anxiety can eliminate some of the cognitive and social problems seen in mice missing a copy of ARID1B, a gene associated with autism.

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Opinion / Q&A

Repeat scans of individual brains may reveal lessons for autism

by  /  2 January 2018

Scanning the brains of a single individual over months to years may illuminate daily fluctuations in activity relevant to conditions such as autism, says Russell Poldrack.

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December 2017
Features / Special Reports / 2017: Year in review

Notable papers in autism research in 2017

22 December 2017

This year’s list of top papers highlights nuances in the genetics of autism and new leads on early treatment.

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News / Toolbox

Device detects activity over major portion of monkey brain

by  /  22 December 2017

A large array of electrodes can record the activity of neurons across a wide swath of the monkey brain.

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Features / Special Reports / 2017: Year in review

Five hot topics in autism research in 2017

22 December 2017

We waded through the sea of autism studies published in 2017 and spotted several themes.

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News

Study of cerebellum’s role in autism homes in on ‘social’ region

by  /  18 December 2017

New evidence from both people and mice points to a part of the cerebellum that helps process social information as being critical in autism.

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News / Toolbox

Automated method maps neuronal connections specific to autism

by  /  1 December 2017

A software package identifies bundles of nerve fibers in brain-imaging data, revealing connections unique to people with autism.

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November 2017
News

Takeaways from SfN 2017

by  /  16 November 2017

After five days and more than 13,000 abstracts, the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C., has drawn to a close.

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News

Map of microglia in mouse brain may reveal role in autism

by  /  15 November 2017

Researchers have mapped how immune cells in the brain called microglia change with age in mice.

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News

Social hormones alter monkey behavior in sex-specific ways

by  /  15 November 2017

The hormones oxytocin and vasopressin promote social interactions in male monkeys but make female monkeys more aggressive than usual.

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