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Autistic Kids Brain Voices Not Connected To Reward Center
2013-06-18 09:08:56

April Flowers for redOrbit.com - Your Universe Online Regions of the brain tailored to respond to human voices are poorly connected to reward-processing circuits in autistic persons, according to a new study led by Stanford University School of Medicine. These findings, published in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, could help to explain why children with autism struggle to grasp the social and emotional aspects of human speech. "Weak brain connectivity may impede...

2012-03-14 07:00:00

Recent studies by Nottingham University and Carnegie Mellon University have shown the enormous benefits and functionality that those in the autism spectrum experience when using computers. Belmont Technology provides a cost-effective way to employ computer use in homes and institutions that educate those in the autism spectrum. Elk Grove Village, IL (PRWEB) March 14, 2012 In recent years, more and more educators have found the positive benefits of incorporating computer-based learning in...

2012-02-17 10:57:53

A new study led by the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill found significant differences in brain development starting at age 6 months in high-risk infants who later develop autism, compared to high-risk infants who did not develop autism. "It's a promising finding," said Jason J. Wolff, PhD, lead author of the study and a postdoctoral fellow at UNC's Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities (CIDD). "At this point, it's a preliminary albeit great first step towards...

2012-02-17 06:32:00

PHILADELPHIA, Feb. 17, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A new study from the Infant Brain Imaging Network, which includes researchers at the Center for Autism Research at The Children's Hospital of Philadelphia (CHOP), found significant differences in brain development starting at age 6 months in high-risk infants who later develop autism, compared to high-risk infants who did not develop autism."It's a tremendously exciting finding," said Sarah Paterson, PhD, director of the Infant...

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2012-01-27 06:46:37

A new study has shown that babies who develop autism show different brain responses within the first year of their life. The study may lead to tests that help doctors diagnose autism earlier in life. Autism is a spectrum of disorders where patients have trouble communicating. The disorders range from mental retardation where patients have little ability to communicate to Aspberger´s Syndrome that affects the patients´ social development. Dr. Mark Johnson of Birkbeck at the...

Image 1 - Autistic Facial Characteristics Identified
2011-10-20 07:00:39

Research is a step toward understanding cause of autism The face and brain develop in coordination, with each influencing the other, beginning in the embryo and continuing through adolescence. Now, University of Missouri researchers have found distinct differences between the facial characteristics of children with autism compared to those of typically developing children. This knowledge could help researchers understand the origins of autism. "There is no clear answer about whether...

2011-06-29 12:42:45

Though we all depend on reading people's faces, each of us sees others' faces a bit differently. Some of us may gaze deeply into another's eyes, while others seem more reserved. At one end of this spectrum people with autism spectrum conditions (ASC) look less at other people's faces, and have trouble understanding others people's feelings. New research published in BioMed Central's open-access journal Molecular Autism has found variations of the cannabinoid receptor (CNR1) gene that alter...

2011-02-15 16:40:00

SHERMAN OAKS, Calif., Feb. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Help Group and its Advance LA transition program are pleased to announce that Rudy Simone will be the first speaker in its 2011 Distinguished Lecturer Series. Ms. Simone will present "Young Adults with Asperger's or High-functioning Autism: Must-have Advice for Transitioning Successfully to Work and Adult Life" on Thursday, February 24 at 6:30 p.m. at The Help Group Autism Center, 13164 Burbank Blvd. in Sherman Oaks,...

2011-02-15 16:00:00

SHERMAN OAKS, Calif., Feb. 15, 2011 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Help Group and its Advance LA transition program are pleased to announce that Rudy Simone will be the first speaker in its 2011 Distinguished Lecturer Series. Ms. Simone will present "Young Adults with Asperger's or High-functioning Autism: Must-have Advice for Transitioning Successfully to Work and Adult Life" on Thursday, February 24 at 6:30 p.m. at The Help Group Autism Center, 13164 Burbank Blvd. in Sherman Oaks,...

2011-02-09 13:26:20

A new study from Utrecht and Cambridge Universities has for the first time found that an administration of testosterone under the tongue in volunteers negatively affects a person's ability to 'mind read', an indication of empathy. The findings are published this week in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. In addition, the effects of testosterone administration are predicted by a fetal marker of prenatal testosterone, the 2D:4D ratio. The study has important...