A latest study shows that autistic children might be disinterested in socializing because their brains
The researchers found that the brains of autistic children produce on
average 42 percent more information at rest than the brains of normal
children. This might explain why autistic children do not mix well with
"Our results suggest that autistic children are not interested in
social interactions because their brains generate more information at
rest, which we interpret as more introspection in line with early
descriptions of the disorder," Roberto Fernández Galán, PhD, senior
author and associate professor of neurosciences at Case Western Reserve
School of Medicine, said in a news release.
For the study, the researchers used magnetoencephalography to record
brain activity in the children with the condition. They found that the
autistic children's brains at rest generate more information than
They also found the interactions between brain regions, such as the
brain's functional connectivity, determined the inputs to the brain in
the resting state allowing them to interpret the children's
"This is a novel interpretation because it is a different attempt to
understand the children's cognition by analyzing their brain activity,"
José L. Pérez Velázquez, PhD, first author and professor of neuroscience
at University of Toronto Institute of Medical Science and Department of
Brain and Behavior Center, said in a statement.
"Measuring cognitive processes is not trivial; yet, our findings
indicate that this can be done to some extent with well-established
mathematical tools from physics and engineering," he added.
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