Children with autism adapt normally during a catching task requiring the cerebellum.

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PubMed URL: 
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15849161
Author: 
Bastian AJ
Author List: 
Mostofsky SH
Bunoski R
Morton SM
Goldberg MC
Bastian AJ
Journal: 
Neurocase
PubMed ID: 
15849161
Pagination: 
60-4
Volume: 
10
Issue: 
1
Abstract: 
The cerebellum, which has been found to be abnormal in histopathological studies of autism, is important for motor adaptation. We studied controls and children with high functioning autism (HFA) performing a catching adaptation test that is known to be impaired following cerebellar damage. Results showed no differences in adaptation rates or after-effects for HFA subjects versus controls. The findings indicate normal motor adaptation in HFA, suggesting normal or compensated cerebellar function for this task.
Published Date: 
February, 2004

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