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How the cerebellum is linked to autism

In this video, professors Sam Wang and Peter Tsai explain the role of the ‘little brain’ in cognition, social skills, emotion control and repetitive behaviors.

By Chelsey B. Coombs
22 June 2020 | 4 min watch
brain form in the shape of white flowers on black background with the striatum in red
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Striatum, the brain’s reward hub, may drive core autism traits

Associated primarily with its role in movement, the striatum may also influence the social difficulties of autistic people.

By Nicholette Zeliadt
17 February 2020 | 5 min read

Brain’s prefrontal cortex conducts symphony of social players

A brain region that orchestrates responses to social cues and aids decision-making may be off tempo in autism.

By Sarah DeWeerdt
20 February 2019 | 1 min watch

Brain’s bridge could yield clues to faulty wiring in autism

Decoding distortions in the brain’s largest nerve tract could lay bare basic problems with long-range neural connections in autism.

By Sarah DeWeerdt
27 February 2017 | 1 min watch

Memory hub could underlie social, cognitive quirks of autism

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

By Sarah DeWeerdt
24 August 2016 | 0 min watch

Brain’s social ‘river’ carries clues about autism

Researchers are homing in on the superior temporal sulcus, a groove in the brain that collects social information, as a key player in autism.

By Sarah DeWeerdt
29 February 2016 | 1 min watch
Photograph of a magnified section of a cerebellum showing nerve cells in a human brain.

Mounting evidence implicates cerebellum in autism

Results from four studies published in the past year point to a role for the cerebellum in autism-related behaviors.

By Sarah DeWeerdt
6 January 2014 | 8 min read

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Persistent protein pairing enables memories to last

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By Elissa Welle
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Data access changes to UK Biobank stir unease in neuroscientists

“I feel a little bit in limbo,” says neuroscientist Stephanie Noble, who has paused a study using Biobank data after the repository shifted from a data download to a cloud-only access model.

By Calli McMurray
16 July 2024 | 7 min read