Autism: Miswired connections in growing brain
There’s more evidence that brain connectivity issues are at the root of autism spectrum disorders such as Asperger Syndrome, according to new findings published online in the journal Nature Neuroscience. The result of the brain’s miswiring is that information flows in unexpected directions. Research suggests that perhaps there are not enough connections in the area of social cognition where the ability to recognize and respond correctly to social cues is centered. Lead investigator Dr. Mustafa Sahin of Children’s Hospital Boston, whose findings are an outgrowth of his study of a rare disorder known as tuberous sclerosis complex, is hopeful that one day the miswiring of the brain can be corrected by drugs that target selected neural molecular pathways.
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