HOME >> BIOLOGY >> NEWS
Special training may help people with autism recognize faces

Scientists trying to understand and treat autism have discovered that the brains of people with autism function differently than those of normal people when they view pictures of unfamiliar people. However, when people with autism look at a picture of a very familiar face, such as their mother's, their brain activity is similar to that of control subjects.

The new study indicates that in people with autism the fusiform gyrus, a region in the brain's temporal lobe that is associated with face processing, has the potential to function normally, but may need special training to operate properly, according to University of Washington researchers Geraldine Dawson and Elizabeth Aylward. They will present their findings today (Feb. 12) at a press briefing at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Seattle.

"It appears that our brains have evolved to have special processors to recognize that something is a face because faces are important in survival, in understanding emotions and in forming special relationships with others," said Dawson, director of the UW's Autism Center and a professor of psychology. "We have special and distinct regions for perceiving faces and others for perceiving objects. These regions are located in different parts of the temporal lobe. Our brain imaging studies are finding that people with autism often use object processing areas when they are looking at faces."

"Children with autism often don't make much eye contact with other people and have little experience in learning to recognize faces," said Aylward, a professor of radiology who interpreted the functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI) used in the study.

She said that in adults the fusiform gyrus is reliably activated in face processing, but it takes time for a child's brain wiring to become functional. This process starts early and by age 12 normally developing children show activation in the fusiform gyrus when viewi
'"/>

Contact: Joel Schwarz
joels@u.washington.edu
206-543-2580
University of Washington
12-Feb-2004


Page: 1 2

Related biology news :

1. Specialized brain helped ancient reptiles fly and hunt
2. Special section: Invasive species
3. Special report: Personal genomics
4. Special section: Habitat fragmentation can amplify
5. Specialty license plate to fund whale research
6. Special session planned at society of toxicology meeting ont he role of the environment in Parkinsons disease
7. Special four-day symposium on MTBE and drinking water
8. LSU Ag Center Brucellosis Specialist May Help Stem Bison Controversy
9. The Evolution Of Beauty, Part Of A Special Section On The Evolution Of Sex In The 25 September 1998 Science
10. Scientists Show How Defects Can Improve Technology In Science Magazines Special Issue On Materials Science
11. Successful Specialist Care For Cystic Fibrosis Patients From Childhood To Adulthood

Post Your Comments:
*Name:
*Comment:
*Email:


(Date:2/26/2017)... , Feb. 25, 2017  Securus Technologies, a ... solutions for public safety, investigation, corrections and monitoring, ... and Reentry. "Too often, too many ... and county jails are trying to tackle this ... and friends and family members. While significant steps are ...
(Date:2/21/2017)... -- Der weltweite Biobanking-Sektor wird bis zum ... mit mehr als 50 Vertretern aus verschiedenen Branchen wurde aber ... diese Prognose zu realisieren. ... Zu den Schwierigkeiten für ... für die Biobank, die Implementierung Zeit sparender Technologien, ein ...
(Date:2/13/2017)... WASHINGTON , Feb. 13, 2017 Former ... U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee, Janice Kephart of ... regarding President Donald Trump,s "Executive Order: Protecting ... States" (Jan. 27, 2017):  "As President Trump,s ... 9th Circuit has now essentially banned the travel ban, ...
Breaking Biology News(10 mins):
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Lajollacooks4u is proud to announce it has become the premiere team-building cooking event ... companies around the world, such as Illumina, HP and Qualcomm, and is ranked #1 in ... popularity is due to its new team building format, a way for teams to not ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... , March 23, 2017  Northwest Biotherapeutics (OTCQB: ... personalized immune therapies for solid tumor cancers, today ... million financing it announced last Friday, March 17, ... several institutional investors securities totaling 28,843,692 shares, comprised ... and 10,000,000 shares of Class C Warrants pre-funded ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... 2017  GlobeImmune, Inc. today announced it has entered ... 12,835,490 shares of its common stock to NantCell, Inc., ... with the sale of its common stock, NantCell has ... to GlobeImmune 200,000 shares, an estimated $2.0 million in ... are pleased to enter into this strategic agreement with ...
(Date:3/23/2017)... ... 2017 , ... Ellen Matloff, president and CEO of My ... a 2017 Women of Innovation® finalist. Matloff will be among several women to ... dinner recognizes women accomplished in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), along with ...
Breaking Biology Technology:
Cached News: