Atypical mentalizing, mirror neuron connectivity may be linked with social impairment in autism

  • April 18, 2014

Researchers studied the functional connectivity in theory of mind and mirror neuron system brain networks in adolescents with autism spectrum disorder and found over– and under-connectivity between the systems, suggesting that excessive theory of mind and mirror neuron system crosstalk may be associated with social impairment.

Researchers hypothesized that those with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) would show atypical connectivity between the two brain networks and that those with the greatest social impairment would have an increase in atypical connectivity compared with the adolescent control group.

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