Researchers Probe Part of Brain Where Autism Might Begin

THURSDAY, July 12, 2018 (HealthDay News) — The underpinnings of autism may lie in an unexpected part of the brain, a small study suggests.

Scientists conducted brain scans on 20 boys with autism and 18 boys without the neurodevelopmental disorder. The scans showed that boys with autism had a significantly flatter surface on the right side of their cerebellum. That side happens to be involved in language processing.

The researchers also found that a flatter cerebellum was associated with differences in thinking abilities and communication, two skills often affected by autism.

But the study did not prove that differences in the cerebellum caused autism.

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