They discovered that in the children that had autism, the neural synchronization between the left and right hemispheres' language regions were not as strong as in the other children. “The weaker the synchronization, the more severe the autistic child's communication difficulties,” said Jenifer Goodwin of HealthDay. The specific regions the researchers found that had decreased neural synchronization were the superior temporal gyrus (receptive language), as well as the left and right inferior frontal gyrus (speech). ]]>Johns Hopkins University's Center for Imaging Science showed the superior temporal gyrus highlighted in blue]]>. The findings of this study may help screen for the disorder before patients start showing symptoms.
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Reviewed July 12, 2011
by Michele Blacksberg R.N.
Edited by Kate Kunkel