Schminteresting (putting aside my meh about the ‘this bit of brain does X’ stuff)

inherhipstheresrevolutions:

inflateablefilth:

marikunin:

estephx:

You don’t know how happy seeing this just made me guys!!! :’)


This is good news for autism detection: a new brain scan can detect autism at 6 months, when signs can start to manifest!

“This is the earliest study of brain development using neuro-imaging.By six months of age, even before the symptoms [of autism] emerge, the brain networks that connect different brain regions do not develop correctly.”

We’re excited to hear this, because as soon as a diagnosis is made, steps can be taken. Plus currently, about one in 110 children in theUnited States has autism, according to the latest CDC statistics, so a lot of kids could be helped.

“Usually we are picking up clinical [behavioral] symptoms at 18 months, some say even earlier… clearly they are picking up alterations in white matter as early as 6 months. It provides the best evidence to date that core features of autism are likely related to nerve biological connectivity. This is really compelling evidence that we should be focusing on connection and disconnection in the brain.”

An early diagnosis of autism leads to quicker interventions and, because this study points out problems with the brain’s connections before symptoms appear,it could lead to earlier interventions. If autism could be found in infants before symptoms are apparent, they could receivetherapies to stimulate early social development and possibly even prevent the start of symptoms!
Sounds like worthy research to us!

 

NO. IF A PERSON IS BORN AUTISTIC THEN THEY WILL ALWAYS BE AUTISTIC. SHUT THE FUCK UP.
Wtf is wrong with people? Sure, if I had kids i’d want to know if they were autistic pretty early on. But not to ‘fix’ them. I’d want to know so I could impart my survival techniques and prepare them for the allistic world.
We don’t need fixing.

^ I think it depends on how severe autism affects the child though (i.e when children have to be put into residential care for their own welfare/their siblings welfare, or when they’re extremely self-harming due to the horrific distress they experience during sensory overloads etc). I wonder if they’d be able to tell from this scan?

I’m pretty sure this is a misreporting of the science. Nothing from neuroscience that I’ve seen is actually a genuine claim that they can “detect” autism solely from brain scans.
As this isn’t linked to an article, it’s hard to say, but I’m calling (allistic) shenanigans.
Caveat: I’m not a neuroscientist, just an admiring observer of neuroscience and a sceptic of a lot of reporting of neuroscience.

inherhipstheresrevolutions:

inflateablefilth:

marikunin:

estephx:

You don’t know how happy seeing this just made me guys!!! :’)

This is good news for autism detection: a new brain scan can detect autism at 6 months, when signs can start to manifest!

“This is the earliest study of brain development using neuro-imaging.By six months of age, even before the symptoms [of autism] emerge, the brain networks that connect different brain regions do not develop correctly.”

We’re excited to hear this, because as soon as a diagnosis is made, steps can be taken. Plus currently, about one in 110 children in theUnited States has autism, according to the latest CDC statistics, so a lot of kids could be helped.

“Usually we are picking up clinical [behavioral] symptoms at 18 months, some say even earlier… clearly they are picking up alterations in white matter as early as 6 months. It provides the best evidence to date that core features of autism are likely related to nerve biological connectivity. This is really compelling evidence that we should be focusing on connection and disconnection in the brain.”

An early diagnosis of autism leads to quicker interventions and, because this study points out problems with the brain’s connections before symptoms appear,it could lead to earlier interventions. If autism could be found in infants before symptoms are apparent, they could receivetherapies to stimulate early social development and possibly even prevent the start of symptoms!

Sounds like worthy research to us!

NO. IF A PERSON IS BORN AUTISTIC THEN THEY WILL ALWAYS BE AUTISTIC. SHUT THE FUCK UP.

Wtf is wrong with people? Sure, if I had kids i’d want to know if they were autistic pretty early on. But not to ‘fix’ them. I’d want to know so I could impart my survival techniques and prepare them for the allistic world.

We don’t need fixing.

^ I think it depends on how severe autism affects the child though (i.e when children have to be put into residential care for their own welfare/their siblings welfare, or when they’re extremely self-harming due to the horrific distress they experience during sensory overloads etc). I wonder if they’d be able to tell from this scan?

I’m pretty sure this is a misreporting of the science. Nothing from neuroscience that I’ve seen is actually a genuine claim that they can “detect” autism solely from brain scans.

As this isn’t linked to an article, it’s hard to say, but I’m calling (allistic) shenanigans.

Caveat: I’m not a neuroscientist, just an admiring observer of neuroscience and a sceptic of a lot of reporting of neuroscience.

(Source: thegirlinblooom, via sluteverxxx)

Holy shit.

This is a video of a magnet that messes with your speech (but bizarrely, not with singing).

The technique, known as transcranial magnetic stimulation, changes neural activity in the brain by turning off some neurons and activating others. Variations of the technique are being investigated for treating migraine and stroke.

See this New Scientist blog post about it to find out more.

"But then the scientists found something strange. When people in the “rich” group were told that a poor stranger was given $20, their brains showed more reward activity than when they themselves were given an equivalent amount. In other words, they got extra pleasure from the gains of someone with less. “We economists have a widespread view that most people are basically self-interested and won’t try to help other people,” Colin Camerer, a neuroeconomist at Caltech and co-author of the study, told me. “But if that were true, you wouldn’t see these sorts of reactions to other people getting money.”"

Does Inequality Make Us Unhappy?

I don’t agree with a lot of this article, but still interesting.

"It’s not that our memory is a glitchy wetware version of computer flash memory; it’s that the computer metaphor just doesn’t apply. Roediger said we store only bits and pieces of what happened—a smattering of impressions we weave together into feels like a seamless narrative. When we retrieve a memory, we also rewrite it, so that the time next we go to remember it, we don’t retrieve the original memory but the last one we recollected. So, each time we tell a story, we embellish it, while remaining genuinely convinced of the veracity of our memories."

Time on the Brain: How You Are Always Living In the Past, and Other Quirks of Perception (Scientific American blog)

really good article on neurobiology, psychology, and our perception of time. read it!