Article: Results of a Stanford Study Reveals Kids with Autism Show Less Brain Flexibility
This article presents the results of a Stanford University, published in the July 29 (2017?) issue of the journal, Cerebral Cortex.
Here are actual excerpts from the article:
Children with autism have more trouble switching gears between resting and performing tasks than children without the disorder, leading Stanford researchers to believe their brains are less flexible than the brains of healthy children.
In a recent study, the researchers performed functional magnetic resonance imaging on the brains of children with and without autism. They measured areas of the brain that are involved in making decisions, taking on social tasks and analyzing events. The children underwent imaging while they were at rest, doing simple math problems or trying to distinguish faces.
Children with autism distinguished between faces and solved math problems as well as normally developing children. But images showed that their brains had more problems switching between rest and performing tasks.
Brain connectivity changed less between rest and activity in kids with autism than it did in other children. The degree of brain inflexibility was also correlated with the degree to which a child had restrictive and repetitive behaviors.