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Date:5/19/2010

But in the autistic children, there was slightly more right hemisphere response than left hemisphere, and there was no change in activity across the age range.

"We didn't see that growth of the left hemisphere [in the children with autism]," Eyler said.

"We now feel pretty confident that, in many children with autism, there are alterations either in structure growth or connectivity of the brain, but we really don't understand the implications of that for core features of autism, one of which is problems with communication," Amaral said. "This provides more evidence for abnormal connectivity in the brain."

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The Autism Society of America has more on this disorder.



SOURCES: Lisa Eyler, Ph.D., assistant professor, psychiatry, University of California San Diego, La Jolla; Keith Young, Ph.D., vice chairman, research in psychiatry and behavioral science, Texas A&M Health Science Center College of Medicine, Temple, and neuroimaging and genetics core leader, VA Center of Excellence for Research on Returning War Veterans, Central Texas Veterans Health Care System; David Amaral, Ph.D., president, International Society for Autism Research, and research director, University of California Davis MIND Institute; May 19, 2010, presentation, International Meeting for Autism Research, Philadelphia


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