SFARI.org: Vision, motor areas of the brain out of sync in autism

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November 10, 2013
Kennedy Krieger researcher finds that children with autism have poor connection between parts of the brain that process vision and motor movements.

Parts of the brain that process vision and control movements are poorly connected in children with autism, according to results presented Saturday at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego. In addition to the social deficits that are a core feature of autism, children with the disorder often have clumsy movements. Studies have also found that people with autism have trouble imitating others. The new study uncovers patterns of brain activity suggesting all three of these deficits may be related.

“What’s interesting is we find there is a robust association, but only in the typically developing children,” says lead investigator Stewart Mostofsky, director of neurocognitive and imaging research at the Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore. “We’re not seeing it in the children with autism.” Read more.

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