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Brain scan showing connectivity related to repetitive behaviors
Neuroimaging technique may help predict autism among high-risk infants

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Functional connectivity magnetic resonance imaging (fcMRI) may predict which high-risk, 6-month old infants will develop autism spectrum disorder (ASD) by age 2 years.

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2 adult voles with 5 baby voles
Brain Circuit Tweak Wins Her Affection (if she’s a vole)

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For the first time, neuroscientists have boosted a female rodent’s partnering with a male by stimulating connectivity of a brain reward circuit. Understanding the circuitry of such affiliative behaviors may lead to improved treatments for social impairment in severe mental disorders, such as autism spectrum disorder.

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Diffusion image shows long distance connections in brain of study participant.
Connections Strengthen Within Specialized Networks as Brain’s Executive Function Matures

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As we grow up, our brain’s specialized networks become more structurally segregated, contributing to improved executive functioning. These densely interconnected “modules” process information for key functions that underlie development of mental control and self-regulation.

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NIMH Institutional Training (T32) Informational Webinar

This March 29, 2017 NIMH informational webinar on T32 applications may be a useful resource in preparing applications.


Human Forebrain Circuits Wiring-up - in a Dish

Neuroscientists have created a 3D window into the human brain’s budding executive hub assembling itself during a critical period in prenatal development.


PMDD Linked to Gene Network

Researchers have discovered molecular mechanisms that may underlie a woman’s susceptibility to disabling irritability, sadness, and anxiety in the days leading up to her menstrual period.


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