Abnormalities shown to first appear in brain networks involved in sensory processing
The origins of autism remain mysterious. What areas of the brain are involved, and when do the first signs appear? New findings published in Biological Psychiatry brings us closer to understanding the pathology of autism, and the point at which it begins to take shape in the human brain. Such knowledge will allow earlier interventions in the future and better outcomes for autistic children.
Metformin, the most widely used drug to treat type 2 diabetes, could potentially be used to treat symptoms of Fragile X syndrome, an inherited form of intellectual disability and a cause of some forms of autism.
A new study led by researchers at McGill University, the University of Edinburgh and Université de Montréal has found that metformin improves social, behavioural and morphological defects in Fragile X mice.
Shalini Sivathasan, PhD student in with our Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology (ECP), has contributed an article to the South Asian Autism Awareness Centre (SAAAC), where she has volunteered since 2013. In the news item Shalini reflects on her experiences working with children and young adults who have been diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
Brain diseases and disorders are the leading cause of disability, directly affecting one in three Canadians as well as millions of family members, friends, colleagues and caregivers. The Government of Canada recognizes the significant impact on the health of Canadians, and supports Canadian research on the brain and related diseases and disorders
Deep learning transforming neuroscience research
In an article published in Nature on Feb. 15, 2017, researchers, including principal investigators from the Montreal Neurological Institute’s McConnell Brain Imaging Centre (BIC), used magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to predict the development of autism in babies.
The BAND research group, led by Dr. Eve-Marie Quintin of our Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, launched its new website this week.
The research has implications for understanding human developmental disorders such as autism
Adult songbirds modify their vocalizations when singing to juveniles in the same way that humans alter their speech when talking to babies. The resulting brain activity in young birds could shed light on speech learning and certain developmental disorders in humans, according to a study by McGill University researchers.
(the following extract is from Dialogues, newsletter of the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, McGill University, Faculty of Education, spring 2016 edition)
Making sense of sensations : How do perception and cognition influence behaviour?
The spring edition of Dialogues, newsletter of the Department of Educational and Counselling Psychology, has been published and may be viewed online here (.pdf).
Dr. Armando Bertone, professor with the Department of Educational & Counselling Psychology and Director of the Perceptual Neuroscience Laboratory (PNLab), appeared on the show L'Esprit Sportif, on French language television network TVA, to talk about his work with students at Quebec City secondary school Samuel-De Champlain. Dr.
Autism is a developmental disorder characterized by impaired social interaction and communication, and by restricted and repetitive behavior. Parents generally detect it in the child's first years.
People affected by a common inherited form of autism could be helped by a drug that is being tested as a treatment for cancer, according to researchers from the University of Edinburgh and McGill University.
In a new study, published in this week’s issue of the journal Science, researchers show for the first time how the brain re-wires and fine-tunes its connections differently depending on the relative timing of sensory stimuli. In most neuroscience textbooks today, there is a widely held model that explains how nerve circuits might refine their connectivity based on patterned firing of brain cells, but it has not previously been directly observed in real time.