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Amygdala Changes in Individuals with Autism Linked to Anxiety

[Source: Science Daily]

A long-term study involving hundreds of brain scans finds changes in the amygdala linked to the development of anxiety in autistic children. The study by UC Davis MIND Institute researchers also provides evidence of distinct types of anxiety specific to autism. The work was published in Biological Psychiatry.

“I believe this is the first study that’s found any kind of biological association with these autism-distinct anxieties,” said Derek Sayre Andrews, postdoctoral scholar in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and co-first author on the paper. “Anxiety is really salient right now with the pandemic, and it’s potentially debilitating to autistic individuals, so it’s important to understand what’s happening in the brain.”

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