Autism manifests differently in the brain of females when compared to males

As part of a new study by the University of Virginia, a group of neurodevelopmental experts was able to determine how autism manifests distinctly within the brain of young females, in comparison to males.

The results were presented online in the peer-reviewed journal Brain.

The study began through a research project comprised of numerous academic and health institutions. Brain imaging scans and genetic research was gathered to get a better comprehension of the effects of autism among girls.

Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) scans became pivotal when evaluating the participants during social interactions.

According to the findings, girls with autism used distinct regions of their brains, in comparison to girls without the condition. When compared to boys, brain differences were also established.

“This new study provides us with a roadmap for understanding how to better match current and future evidenced-based interventions to underlying brain and genetic profiles, so that we can get the right treatment to the right individual,” said the lead author of the study in a news statement

“This advances our understanding of autism broadly by revealing that there may well be different causes for boys vs. girls; this helps us understanding the heterogeneity within and across genders.”

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