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People With Autism May Recognize Faces in Different Way: Study

November 27, 2013

Neurons in the area of the brain responsible for face recognition respond differently in people with autism than in those without the disorder, a new, small study finds. Autism is a complex disorder of brain development that affects social interactions, communication skills and behaviors. For this study, published in the Nov. 20 issue of the journal Neuron, brain scientists collaborated to decipher why people with autism focus more on someone's mouth and less on the eyes to collect and process information. The researchers examined the firing of individual nerve cells in the brains of two patients with a high-functioning form of autism and in people without autism as they looked at pictures of entire faces or parts of faces. Each face showed either fear or happiness, and the participants were asked to decide which emotion was being expressed. To read more, click here

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