WTB 2011

Space cadets

People with autism are better able to visualize objects rotating in space — perhaps because their brains are wired differently than healthy controls.

By Deborah Rudacille
18 April 2011 | 3 min read

Maternal stress alters behavior of generations

Early trauma alters both behavior and gene expression in three generations of mice, suggesting that epigenetic changes may contribute to 'hidden heritability' in neuropsychiatric disorders.

By Deborah Rudacille
18 April 2011 | 5 min read

Specialized neurons help explore circuit defects in autism

A powerful cell that dampens electrical signaling in the brain could help unravel the disrupted brain wiring seen in people with autism, according to results presented yesterday at the Wiring the Brain meeting in Ireland.

By Deborah Rudacille
14 April 2011 | 4 min read

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