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rlds to explore," Just said. "It is now obvious that we are not at the mercy of our biology."

The researchers have already begun imaging the brain at work in people with autism and have found a low connectivity in white matter. They plan to provide behavioral interventions and then retest the individuals to look for growth in white matter, which they say would suggest better connectivity between neurons.

Insel expressed enthusiasm for future prospects. "This is a great place to be," he said. "We now have the tools to understand how cognitive strategies alter the biology of the brain."

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The Nemours Foundation has information on struggling readers and learning disabilities.



SOURCES: Marcel Just, Ph.D., professor, psychology, and director, Center for Cognitive Brain Imaging, Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh; Thomas Insel, M.D., director, U.S. National Institute of Mental Health, Bethesda, Md.; December 2009, Neuron


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