Autism in the brain, region by region

four brain areas marked with flags: Cortex, amygdala, hippocampus, cerebellum
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Brain structure changes in autism, explained

Autistic people have distinct patterns of brain development, which sometimes result in differences in brain structure. Here's what we know about those differences.

By Angie Voyles Askham
15 October 2020 | 6 min read
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Brain’s center of automatic body functions has autism links

The brainstem controls such disparate functions as breathing, sensation and sleep — all of which can be altered in autism.

By Sarah DeWeerdt
20 August 2020 | 8 min read
An illustration of the brain shows the amydala highlighted in green among botanical forms that look like neurons.
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Amygdala, the brain’s threat detector, has broad roles in autism

The amygdala has long been a focus of autism research. But its exact role in the condition has been unclear.

By Sarah DeWeerdt
14 July 2020 | 8 min read
Illustration showing the human brain with neurons made out of flower shapes and the cerebellum highlighted in gold and yellow.

Brain’s motor hub plays unsung role in social skills, cognition

Long known as the director of movement, the cerebellum may also coordinate social and cognitive abilities, including those central to autism.

By Sarah DeWeerdt
9 March 2020 | 7 min read

Brain’s face detector lights up questions about autism’s origins

Lower activity in a key face processing region of the brain hints that people with autism could benefit from training to become ‘face experts.’

By Sarah DeWeerdt
15 October 2015 | 0 min watch

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