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Paths to Autism: One of Many?

Research and Autism News News By State Autism Treatment News

July 19, 2016- "Paths to Autism: One of Many?"- A new meta-analysis of behavioral and imaging studies challenges the widely held assumption that stems from impairment specifically in social brain networks. According to this article, past research into autism’s origins have primarily focused on social behaviors, based on the assumption that abnormalities in social brain networks arise early in life and compound throughout development. However, the new research examining infants at risk for autism demonstrate evidence for general abnormalities during the first year of life, including delayed motor maturation, higher level of perceptual sensitivity, and poor attention flexibility. The authors also point to brain imaging studies that provide evidence for widespread alteration throughout brain networks, rather than focal deficits in social networks.