Heightened level of amygdala activity may cause social deficits in autism



Something strange is going on in the amygdala – an almond-shaped structure deep in the human brain – among people with autism. Researchers at the University of Washington have discovered an increased pattern of brain activity in the amygdalas of adults with autism that may be linked to the social deficits that typically are associated with the disorder. Previous research at the UW and elsewhere has shown that abnormal growth patterns in the amygdala are commonly found among young children diagnosed with autism.

The amygdala is popularly associated with the “fight-or-flight response” in dangerous situations. But it has other functions, including identifying faces and situations and evaluating social information such as emotions.

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  1. My name is Gererd Dixie – I am an established educational author and am in the process of writing my fifth book – entitled ‘The Ultimate Teaching Manual Continuum International – due to be published early next year. I have used the British Highway Code signs to offer teachers a range of teaching/learning and behaviour management advice. I feel that this semiotic approach will prove to be a successful hook in gaining the attention of really busy teachers. As part of my research I have been trawling through websites and texts in order to find supportive material for my publication. I recently came across your websire. This is a superb site – very clear, some brilliant ideas and very accessible to busy people. I am seeking permission from you to include the picture of the amygdala within my book. Of course I would credit you with having come up with the table and refer readers to the relevant web address. How do you feel about this?

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