A team of scientists at Aston University, in Birmingham, UK, has discovered dissimilarities in the brainwaves of autistic teens accountable for their visual perception. And they deem it can help in earlier analysis as well as enlighten how support is provided to young autistic people. The scientists concentrated on the brain’s sensory region as a considerable number of individuals with autism report problems with processing incoming sensory data, repeatedly experiencing hypersensitivity, implying that loud sounds, swarming situations, or bright lights can be overwhelming.
The results of the study issued in the Brain journal discovered that diverse forms of brain wave activity were produced in adolescents diagnosed with ASD (autism spectrum disorder) in comparison to neurotypical adolescents when executing the identical simple visual task. Magnetoencephalography (MEG) was utilized by the research team to observe brain activity in the visual system of eighteen youngsters with ASD diagnosis and eighteen youngsters without the diagnosis (between 14 and 20 years old), particularly assessing brainwave activity within the visual cortex. Magnetoencephalography is an imaging method that gauges the small magnetic fields generated by neuronal activity within the brain.
The study discovered that in the autistic visual system, supposed “alpha” brain waves were less linked from higher to lower level brain areas. Additionally, in the autistic group, brainwaves across a wider frequencies range (gamma range) were “dysregulated,” implying they weren’t structured as competently over time and in harmony with alpha waves.
Likewise, kids with an ASD might be twice as probable to experience pain as children without autism, as proposed by new research. Autistic kids might feel more pain as they usually have other medical problems, like epilepsy, cerebral palsy, gastrointestinal issue, or intellectual disability, mentioned the authors. Also, it is likely that autistic kids might feel pain in a different way than other kids.
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