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Motor control problems may be core issue for people with autism

If you’ve ever had an MRI scan, you know that it can be hard to lie still in the noisy, claustrophobic scanner. People often move involuntarily, requiring scientists to correct or eliminate the imaging data during movement.

Recently, a collaboration of Rutgers University and Columbia University researchers used this seemingly unhelpful data to further their understanding of a neurodevelopmental disease.

“We asked ourselves, ‘What could these involuntary movements, which researchers usually consider a nuisance, tell us about autism?’” Elizabeth Torres, PhD, an associate professor of cognitive psychology at Rutgers, said in a news release.


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http://scopeblog.stanford.edu/2016/12/28/motor-control-problems-may-be-core-issue-for-people-with-autism/
Date
28th December 2016
Source
Scope