Noisy patterns of connectivity mark autism brains

distortedBrainConnectivity600A new study may have solved a decade-old debate about whether the brains of people with autism are more or less connected than those of controls: They’re both, depending on where in the brain you look. The study, published 19 January in Nature Neuroscience, suggests that a mix of abnormally strong and weak brain connections is a hallmark of the disorder.

“In the very same individual, we can see both, depending on spatial distribution,” says Marlene Behrmann, professor of psychology at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

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