Social behavior restored via brain stimulation

magnified mouse cerebellar section
A magnified image of a mouse cerebellar section shows multiple layers.

Dr. Peter Tsai, Assistant Professor of Neurology & Neurotherapeutics, and his co-researchers from the Peter O'Donnell Jr. Brain Institute have discovered that some of the social impairments in children with autism could be corrected with brain stimulation to a certain part of the cerebellum.

“From a therapeutic standpoint, this part of the cerebellum is an enticing target," said Dr. Tsai. "And although neuromodulation would not cure the underlying genetic cause of a person’s autism, improving social deficits in children with autism could make a huge impact on their quality of life.”

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