Interesting explanation on one aspect of autism

4 years ago

Autism is a very complex spectrum of brain disorders, so anytime I find a simplified explanation or analogy I appreciate it! Here's one I ran across today:

In a recent study, scientists found that kids with autism had more short-range connections in separate areas of the brain (a bunch in section A, a bunch in section B) but fewer connections linking the "far-flung regions" (section A to B). This may explain why an autistic child is great at say, memorizing streets, but not combining facts and emotions and deductions to determine that someone is angry because you broke their favorite lamp. As the researcher explains:

"For example, a child with autism may not understand why a face looks really angry, because his visual brain centers and emotional brain centers have less cross-talk. The brain cannot integrate these areas. It's doing a lot with the information locally, but it's not sending it out to the rest of the brain."


(Be sure to read the part about the travel from Boston to Brussels too.)


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