Neurological Differences Observed In Autistic Brains
Some of the most intriguing and potentially influential research currently being conducted on autism centers around the question of how the autistic brain differs from that of a typical individual. One such study was recently concluded at Kanazawa University in Japan that focused on impairments in the anterior prefrontal cortex (aPFC) and how they affect the social interaction of autistic children.
The aPFC governs a person’s ability to interpret others’ emotions and social expression. Researchers did notice a difference in the way the aPFC reacted and functioned in autistic children, as compared to typical children.
As Good Therapy reports, however, there were significant limitations with the study. Most importantly, the aPFC is not fully matured at the age of the children in the study. Researchers even admit that some of the functional differences they observed in the autistic brain might not be there once the region matured.
Even so, the findings call for more research with a possibility of better understanding how autism affects the brain and possibly how it can be cured or avoided.