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CYFIP1 is Gene Responsible for Movement Impairments in Autism

Annamaria Cavaleri ‘22 Researchers from Cardiff University in the UK discovered a link between the CYFIP1 gene and developmental movement impairments in autism. The group concluded that this genetic mutation leads to alterations in developing brain cells, causing motor problems linked to motor learning difficulties at a young age. This, however, may be able to be reversed through behavioral training. People with autism tend to … Continue reading CYFIP1 is Gene Responsible for Movement Impairments in Autism

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Neural Timescales as a Possible Autism Diagnostic Tool

Annamaria Cavaleri ‘22 Takamitsu Watanabe and his research team in the RIKEN Center for Brain Science in Tokyo, Japan, found that neural ‘time windows’, the limited time during which development can be accomplished, in certain areas of the brain play a role in the cognitive symptoms of autism. A brain imaging study involving adults was used to observe the severity of autistic symptoms and how … Continue reading Neural Timescales as a Possible Autism Diagnostic Tool

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Neural Communication Patterns Found in the Brains of Children with Autism

By Annamaria Cavaleri ‘22 A team of researchers at San Diego State University studying MRI scans of school-age children’s brains recently discovered a unique communication pattern involving the amygdala in the brains of children with autism. This pattern involved unexpected detours and exits within the travel of information from one region of the brain to the other. It was shown that in children with autism, … Continue reading Neural Communication Patterns Found in the Brains of Children with Autism

Uncovering Prenatal Risk Factors for Autism

Anna Tarasova ‘19 Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a mental disorder that affects 1 in 59 children, according to an estimate by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). More than 3.5 million Americans are currently living with ASD. As such, it is vital to study the risk factors that could be affecting the prevalence of this disorder. An association has previously been found … Continue reading Uncovering Prenatal Risk Factors for Autism

Anti-Cancer Drug Mitigates Autism’s Social Deficits

By Marcia-Ruth Ndege ‘21 Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), better known as autism, is a developmental disorder characterized by a tendency to engage in repetitive behaviors and to have trouble communicating both verbally and nonverbally. While there is no known cure for autism, current treatments include a variety of therapies as well as antipsychotic drugs such as quetiapine and risperidone, which reduce psychiatric effects such as … Continue reading Anti-Cancer Drug Mitigates Autism’s Social Deficits

Caption: Linear model of effects of teacher burnout and stress.

Do stressed teachers effect educational outcomes?

By: Ramanjot Singh 19′ Individual experiences of stress and burnout can have adverse effects on health and output. While much research has been conducted on the etiology of stress, its effects on teacher-student interactions is relatively unexplored. A group of researchers led by Dr. Venus Wong at the University of Kentucky conducted a study to examine potential direct effects of teacher burnout on teacher behavior … Continue reading Do stressed teachers effect educational outcomes?