Autistic brains are less flexible at task performance

Children diagnosed with autism, which is a neurodevelopmental disorder characterized by social and communication deficiencies, have a harder time at taking on tasks then children without the condition, a new study found. The researchers from Stanford University School of Medicine found that autistic brains are less flexible when it comes to switching from rest to work.

"We wanted to test the idea that a flexible brain is necessary for flexible behaviors," said Lucina Uddin, PhD, a lead author of the study. "What we found was that across a set of brain connections known to be important for switching between different tasks, children with autism showed reduced 'brain flexibility' compared with typically developing peers."

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29th July 2014
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