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. 2014 Apr;21(2):69-73.
doi: 10.5214/ans.0972.7531.210208.

The Social Brain Network and Autism

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The Social Brain Network and Autism

Vivek Misra. Ann Neurosci. .
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Available research data in Autism suggests the role of a network of brain areas, often known as the 'social brain'. Recent studies highlight the role of genetic mutations as underlying patho-mechanism in Autism. This mini review, discusses the basic concepts behind social brain networks, theory of mind and genetic factors associated with Autism. It critically evaluates and explores the relationship between the behavioral outcomes and genetic factors providing a conceptual framework for understanding of autism.

Keywords: Autism; Behavioral Genetics; Brain Networks.


Fig. 1:
Fig. 1:
Proteins with genetic variants associated with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) (excluding those in white ovals) are clustered in specific intracellular processes. In colour, proteins with genetic variants associated with ASD; in white, proteins not directly associated with ASD. From Ghosh et al., Nat Rev Drug Discov. 2013;12(10):777-90. Reprinted with permission.

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