Scientist with autism leads research showing brain can be retrained to overcome condition

As a child, Dr James Cusack was told his autism would prevent him from ever leading a normal, independent life.

Instead the Aberdeen scientist has used his own experiences with the communication disorder to forge pioneering research which suggests that sufferers' brains can be "retrained" to understand the gestures and body language which they normally find confusing and which make social interaction challenging.

Dr Cusack, whose research was conducted as part of a PhD in biomedical science at Aberdeen University, believes generalisations about people with autism being poorer at interpreting these physical cues may be exaggerated and could be overcome by developing their ability to pay attention to signals in their brain which may otherwise go unnoticed.


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20th February 2015
Herald Scotland