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MRIs link impaired brain activity to inability to regulate emotions in autism

researchers find that the bigger the differences in related to emotion regulation, the more severe the autism

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MRI data composite: the yellow indicates the prefrontal cortex areas that are significantly underactive in people with autism while regulating their emotions.
Credit:Gabriel Dichter, Ph.D.,


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The first author of the Journal of Autism Developmental Disorder paper is John Richey, PhD, former postdoctoral fellow in Dichter’s lab who was part of the T-32 training program at the . He is now an assistant professor at Virginia Tech. UNC graduate student Cara Damiano and former UNC graduate student Anna Sabatino, are also authors.

The study was funded by the and the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. The study was also supported by the and the Clinical Translational Core of the Carolina Institute for Developmental Disabilities.

Dichter is also the director of UNC’s Clinical Affective Neuroscience Lab.

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