The Fascinating Idiosyncracies Of The Austistic Brain

Even with mounting scientific research and hundreds of clinical studies, the autistic brain remains something of a mystery.

Some research has suggested that there is too much connectivity in the brains of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), while other studies have pointed to lack of synchronization in parts of the brain that usually work together.

It turns out, both of these conclusions may be correct. New research from neuroscientists at Carnegie Mellon University suggests that both over and under-connectivity may reflect an underlying principle of brain organization at work: Idiosyncrasy.

The researchers used fMRI technology to study the brains of individuals with ASD while they were at rest. By analyzing the brain in a resting state, they were able to see patterns emerging spontaneously. What they found was that the brains of ASD participants showed unique patterns of synchronization.

In a cross-comparison of the brain scans of those with ASD and a control group, the researchers noted some striking differences. The brains of the control volunteers all showed similar connectivity patterns. Among the volunteers with ASD, however, connectivity patterns were very individual and unique to different brains. The researchers described the non-ASD brains —> Read More Here


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