Rutgers neuroscientist identifies 'ignored' symptom of autism

A Rutgers neuroscientist who examined MRI images of more than 1,000 people with autism now says a constant stream of involuntary "micro-movements" throughout the body are a core symptom of the disorder.

These unusual motor patterns continue to exist even if the patient is medicated, Associate Professor of Psychology Elizabeth Torres writes in an article about her research. Her research was published recently in Nature Scientific Reports. 

"The person doesn't even know they're doing it. And they may not be visible to the naked eye," she said. "But they end up interfering with the nervous system because they're random noise."

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12th December 2016
New Jersey On-Line