Frayed nerve bundle may spur autism’s motor, social deficits

A new study by Waisman Center investigators Andy Alexander, PhD, professor of medical physics and psychiatry, Janet Lainhart, MD, professor of psychiatry and Brittany Travers, PhD, assistant professor of kinesiology, indicates a nerve bundle at the base of the brain is structurally compromised in people with autism. The study was recently featured by the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative.

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Overlapping areas of the brainstem predict symptom severity and motor skill in individuals with autism. The areas of the white matter that predicted grip strength are in blue. The areas of the white matter that predicted symptom severity are in yellow/red.