Monday, October 18, 2010

Are autistic brains less well-connected?

A team of researchers led by Jeffery S. Anderson from the University of Utah have been using MRI scans to investigate differences in the brains of people with autism. They scanned 80 people, aged between 10 and 35, with the condition and found that there were differences in people with autism in the way the two hemispheres of the brain - left and right - connected with one another. The deficiencies in the connections in the people with autism were in areas to do with motor skills, attention, facial recognition and social functioning, all areas that people with autism have difficulty with.

You can find out more about this research here.

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