Autism – Brain of
Autistic Males have Less Neurons for Emotions
July 19th, 2006
A study has linked
the autistic brains in males as having reduced amounts of neurons in the
region that is related to emotional and socializing skills. This study
was first reported in the July 19th issue of The Journal of
The abnormality is
found in the amygdala and especially in the lateral nucleus region of
the brain. This region of the brain is the major center for processing
emotions and is also connected to areas of the brain that is used for
higher cognitive functions.
findings, based on cell counting, complement other independent studies
that suggest amygdala abnormalities likely contribute significantly to
the primary core deficit in social function that defines this disorder,"
said Emanuel DiCicco-Bloom, MD, professor of pediatric neurology at the
University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey.