Wiring of Autistic Brains Shown To Be Highly Individualized

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As far as general wiring goes, the brains of neurotypical individuals is fairly standardized. This is not the case for those diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Some studies have found that ASD brains have higher connectivity, while conflicting studies have concluded that they have fewer connections. A new study might be able to reconcile […]

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Scientists Discover Strange New Brain Cell Shape

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In your typical brain cell, the branched dendrites receive electrical signals from other neurons, and once they’re processed, these signals are passed on to other neurons along the axon, a long extension of the cell. Now, researchers have discovered a brain cell shape that has never been seen before — where the axon arises directly […]

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Brain Pathway Rediscovered After 100 Years

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Modern magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) techniques are giving scientists unprecedented insight into the inner workings of the human brain. When neuroscientist Jason Yeatman of the University of Washington noticed a large fiber bundle that was unfamiliar to him and did not exist in modern scientific literature, he couldn’t believe he was actually the first person to […]

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Stunning Flythrough Views of Intact Brains

  A breakthrough imaging technique provides spectacular flythrough views of the brain’s inner connections — intricate structures that are typically lost when the brain is cut up into thin slices. A new suite of improvements was published this month, and the latest rendition could help the technique go mainstream. Last year, Stanford’s Karl Deisseroth and […]

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