Brain’s sensory switchboard has complex connections to autism

Brain’s sensory switchboard has complex connections to autism

Illustration by James Lambert Since sensory differences became part of the diagnostic criteria for autism in 2013, an increasing number of autism researchers have been drawn to the thalamus, the egg-shaped sensory relay station nestled deep in the brain. The flurry of interest has built a case for the thalamus as an important sensory filter that may function differently in autism, helping to explain why some autistic people are unusually sensitive to (or sometimes drawn to) sensory stimuli. But it has also suggested that the role of the thalamus in autism extends beyond the sensory world. New research reveals […]

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