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New autism therapy shown to restore social behavior through brain stimulation

Autism affects about one in 68 children, and the condition poses social challenges, including difficulty processing social interactions, such as facial expressions and physical gestures.

New research out of UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas shows those social behaviors could be restored through a process called “neuromodulation,” or brain stimulation.

Peter Tsai directed the study from the Peter O’Donnell Jr. Brain Institute. Researchers stimulated a specific part of the cerebellum in mice to correct social impairments. They learned this particular region near the brain stem that had been thought to have only roles in coordinating movement is also critical for autistic behaviors.


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https://www.houstonpublicmedia.org/articles/news/health-science/2018/01/31/265162/new-autism-therapy-shown-to-restore-social-behavior-through-brain-stimulation
Date
31st January 2018
Source
Houston Public Media