Navigation Links
Autistic kids who best peers at math show different brain organization, Stanford/Packard study shows
Date:8/16/2013

STANFORD, Calif. Children with autism and average IQs consistently demonstrated superior math skills compared with nonautistic children in the same IQ range, according to a study by researchers at the Stanford University School of Medicine and Lucile Packard Children's Hospital.

"There appears to be a unique pattern of brain organization that underlies superior problem-solving abilities in children with autism," said Vinod Menon, PhD, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and a member of the Child Health Research Institute at Packard Children's.

The autistic children's enhanced math abilities were tied to patterns of activation in a particular area of their brains an area normally associated with recognizing faces and visual objects.

Menon is senior author of the study, published online Aug. 17 in Biological Psychiatry. Postdoctoral scholar Teresa Iuculano, PhD, is the lead author.

Children with autism have difficulty with social interactions, especially interpreting nonverbal cues in face-to-face conversations. They often engage in repetitive behaviors and have a restricted range of interests.

But in addition to such deficits, children with autism sometimes exhibit exceptional skills or talents, known as savant abilities. For example, some can instantly recall the day of the week of any calendar date within a particular range of years for example, that May 21, 1982, was a Friday. And some display superior mathematical skills.

"Remembering calendar dates is probably not going to help you with academic and professional success," Menon said. "But being able to solve numerical problems and developing good mathematical skills could make a big difference in the life of a child with autism."

The idea that people with autism could employ such skills in jobs, and get satisfaction from doing so, has been gaining ground in recent years.

The participants in the study were 36 ch
'/>"/>

Contact: Louis Bergeron
louisb3@stanford.edu
650-724-9175
Stanford University Medical Center
Source:Eurekalert

Page: 1 2 3

Related medicine news :

1. Experimental Drug Eases Autistic Behaviors in Mice
2. Battling the Bullying of an Autistic Child
3. Teaching autistic teens to cope
4. Autistic adults report significant shortcomings in their health care
5. A promising clinical trial to reduce the severity of autistic disorders
6. Neuroscientists find excessive protein synthesis linked to autistic-like behaviors
7. 424 Design: Design With a Cause - Design for Autistic Children
8. Autistic children may be at greater risk of suicide ideation and attempts
9. “Mentally Retarded” Autistic Mute Breaks Her Silence, Joins Forces with Her Psychologist and Friend to Write Life Affirming Memoir on Living with Autism
10. Behavioral support from peers, staff lowers patients blood pressure
11. Study: College students lose respect for peers who hook up too much
Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:
(Date:4/17/2014)... have identified the first genetic variant specifically associated ... accounting for around 10-15 per cent of all ... of the breast cancer sub-type, called invasive lobular ... causes of this particular kind of breast cancer, ... research, published today (Thursday) in the journal ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... of California, San Diego School of Medicine report that ... a recent major loss are more likely to be ... study is published in this month,s issue of the ... compassionate behaviors are associated with better health and well-being ... ways to improve the outcomes of individuals whose deficits ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... April 17, 2014U.S. military personnel who served in ... concussive traumatic brain injury (TBI) were compared to ... other medical reasons. Differences in measures of overall ... months after injury are reported in an article ... journal from Mary Ann Liebert, Inc., publishers. The ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... By discovering a new mechanism that allows blood to ... UC Irvine and the Salk Institute have opened the ... stroke-induced brain damage. , A complex and devastating neurological ... primary reason for disability in the U.S. The blood-brain ... blood-borne material into the brain, causing the permanent deficits ...
(Date:4/17/2014)... by Cesar A. Arias, M.D., Ph.D., at The University ... identified a new superbug that caused a bloodstream infection ... April 17 issue of The New England Journal ... of a class of highly-resistant bacteria known as methicillin-resistant ... major cause of hospital and community-associated infections. The superbug ...
Breaking Medicine News(10 mins):Health News:First genetic link discovered to difficult-to-diagnose breast cancer sub-type 2Health News:First genetic link discovered to difficult-to-diagnose breast cancer sub-type 3Health News:The ilk of human kindness 2Health News:Long-term effects of battle-related 'blast plus impact' concussive TBI in US military 2Health News:Study IDs new cause of brain bleeding immediately after stroke 2Health News:New MRSA superbug emerges in Brazil 2
... Network of America, LLC (DNoA) announced today the completion ... Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan (BCBSM), a nonprofit ... in Michigan, in addition to members of Michigan-headquartered groups ... , The acquisition brings two strategically focused companies -- ...
... BCBSM Customers Expanded National Dental Network; Solidify BCBSM Position as ... July 1 Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan announced ... acquired by Dental Network of America, LLC (DNoA), a strategic ... and DNoA -- will provide BCBSM with a more competitive ...
... , WASHINGTON, July 1 Today,s 65 year old Medicare ... or ,donut hole, is eliminated, says a new analysis of ... Avalere Health. The firm also concludes that although fewer ... by 2020 some of the sickest Medicare beneficiaries will spend ...
... 1 At a bargaining session yesterday with SEIU ... at Kaiser Permanente facilities in California and the rest ... ended when the contractor refused to restore the affordable ... the year. Bargaining broke down Tuesday evening as ...
... the 2009 pistachio harvest little more than two months away, ... with production expected to exceed 2008 levels. Growing conditions have ... of nutrient-rich pistachios to meet increasing demand. , ... September and is estimated at more than 425 million pounds ...
... , WESTCHESTER, Ill., July 1 The Pediatric Brain Tumor ... Fund) and BrainLAB teamed up again this year for the ... in New York City. The June 6 event raised funds ... childhood brain tumors. , , (Photo: ...
Cached Medicine News:Health News:Dental Network of America (DNoA) Acquires DenteMax, Owned by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan 2Health News:Dental Network of America (DNoA) Acquires DenteMax, Owned by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan 3Health News:Dental Network of America (DNoA) Acquires DenteMax, Owned by Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan 4Health News:Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan-owned DenteMax Acquired by Dental Network of America 2Health News:Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan-owned DenteMax Acquired by Dental Network of America 3Health News:Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan-owned DenteMax Acquired by Dental Network of America 4Health News:Blue Cross Blue Shield of Michigan-owned DenteMax Acquired by Dental Network of America 5Health News:Avalere Estimates Medicare Part D 'Donut Hole' Will Be Obsolete in 2023 2Health News:Contract Talks for 1,800 Security Officers at Kaiser Permanente Break Down - Major Cuts to Worker Healthcare are at Issue 2Health News:Contract Talks for 1,800 Security Officers at Kaiser Permanente Break Down - Major Cuts to Worker Healthcare are at Issue 3Health News:Pistachio Industry Looks Toward a Promising 2009 Crop Year 2Health News:6th Annual Neurosurgery Charity Softball Tournament Hits It Out of the Park For Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Fund 2Health News:6th Annual Neurosurgery Charity Softball Tournament Hits It Out of the Park For Pediatric Brain Tumor Research Fund 3
(Date:1/14/2014)... Brandeis Medical Center, led by Dr. Emmanuel Brandeis , offers ... tattoo removal experience with the advanced Astanza Duality laser and a ... cosmetic services with cutting edge medical technology and offering expert medical ... has seen a dramatic increase in the presence of tattoo ...
(Date:1/14/2014)... -- Acumed,s new SLIC Screw System - a jointed ... place and insert the screw accurately - offers surgeons ... repair or reconstruction as it holds the bones reduced ... http://photos.prnewswire.com/prnh/20140114/MN45636 ) The SLIC Screw is ...
(Date:1/14/2014)... , Jan. 14, 2014   NuAire , a manufacturer of ergonomically ... with Hitachi Koki of Japan ... North America . NuAire will utilize its network of ... Canada to offer assistance in application use, ...
Breaking Medicine Technology:Beverly Hills Physician Features Tattoo Removal with the Astanza Duality Laser, Offers $99 Special 2Acumed introduces the Scapho-Lunate Inter Carpal (SLIC) Screw System 2Acumed introduces the Scapho-Lunate Inter Carpal (SLIC) Screw System 3NuAire announces sales and service of Hitachi Koki centrifuges in North America 2
... systems are fully automated to ... turnaround of highly accurate specific ... monitoring (TDM) results. Using unique ... easy-to-use Array® 360 performs a ...
... Hycor Biomedical Ltd Autostat™II Rheumatoid Factor IgM ... Rheumatoid Factor IgM (RF IgM). Enzyme-linked immunosorbent ... specific IgM Rheumatoid Factor in human serum. ... can be used as an aid in ...
... Traditionally, when choosing a non-contact diagnostic lens, doctors ... field of view and high magnification. Now, ... by Volk Optical, doctors can have both in ... field of view available in a non-contact lens ...
EXTEND is an absorbable synthetic punctal implant that provides occlusion up to three months. It is packaged 20 implants per box in sizes of .0.3mm, 0.4mm, 0.5mm. A variety pack in also available w...
Medicine Products: