“Sight may mix with sound in autism brains”

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Dr. Ralph-Axel Müller ‘s research team, including postdoctoral fellow Dr. Joanne Jao Keehn and former Psychology master’s student Sandra Sanchez, found that children with autism may be using the visual areas of their brains to process sounds. Using magnetic resonance imaging, the team noticed that children with autism had their visual cortex more active when sound was heard, unlike the participants in the control group whose visual cortex shut down.  These results may explain why children with autism experience extra sensory sensitivities.  [Read Spectrum Article]



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