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How The Autistic Brain Distinguishes Itself From Others

How The Autistic Brain Distinguishes Itself From Others

Scientists have discovered that the brains of individuals with autism are less active when engaged in self-reflective thought. In the study, published in the journal Brain, functional magnetic resonance (fMRI) imaging provides new evidence for the neural correlates of self-awareness and a new window into understanding social difficulties in autism spectrum conditions. (continue reading)

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Carnegie Mellon Scientists Crack The Human Brain’s Codes For Noun Meanings

In an exciting development for neuroscience, the identification of thoughts through brain codes leads to deciphering the brain’s dictionary. Two hundred years ago, archaeologists used the Rosetta Stone to understand the ancient Egyptian scrolls. Now, a team of Carnegie Mellon University scientists has discovered the beginnings of a neural Rosetta Stone. By combining brain imaging […]

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Brain Imaging Shows Kids’ PTSD Symptoms Linked To Poor Hippocampus Function

Psychological trauma leaves a trail of damage in a child’s brain, say scientists at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital. Their new study gives the first direct evidence that children with symptoms of post-traumatic stress suffer poor function of the hippocampus, a brain structure that stores and retrieves memories. The […]

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Brain Scans Show Distinctive Patterns In People With Generalized Anxiety Disorder In Stanford Study

Scrambled connections between the part of the brain that processes fear and emotion and other brain regions could be the hallmark of a common anxiety disorder, according to a new study from the Stanford University School of Medicine. The findings could help researchers identify biological differences between types of anxiety disorders as well as such […]

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A Dead Salmon Perceives Human Social Interactions? A Comical But Important Reminder About Brain Imaging Technology

David Perlman, a neuroscience graduate student at the University of Wisconsin, presents a comedic reminder of the dangers of false positives in fMRI data. The researcher conducted an fMRI of a deal salmon’s brain as it was “shown a series of photographs depicting human individuals in social situations with a specified emotional valence.” Moreover, “the […]

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