IN­SIDE THE AUTIS­TIC MIND

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MIND THE GAP

Things go wrong with the way brain cells ‘talk’ to each other across tiny gaps called sy­napse

AUTISM ANOM­ALY

Found in frontal lobe (plan­ning), amyg­dala (emo­tion) and hip­pocam­pus (learn­ing)

NOT IN SYNC

When the brain

pro­cesses in­for­ma­tion, some

sig­nals are just noise. An autis­tic brain finds it dif­fi­cult to dis­tin­guish vi­tal sig­nals from noise.

FRAG­ILE GENES

Ge­netic mu­ta­tion in X chro­mo­some, a com­mon cause.

Ex­plains why autism tends to

run in fam­i­lies.

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