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Frame from the video Patches of Disorganization in the Neocortex of Children with Autism.
Patches of Disorganization in the Neocortex of Children with Autism

This video has no audio. The architecture of the autistic brain is speckled with patches of abnormal neurons, according to research partially funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), part of the National Institutes of Health. Published in the New England Journal of Medicine on March 27, 2014, this study suggests that brain irregularities in children with autism can be traced back to prenatal development.

Source: Rich Stoner, Ph.D., University of California, San Diego

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Frame from the video Middle Schoolers’ Field Day with the Brain.
Middle Schoolers’ Field Day with the Brain

Each year, NIMH scientists provide middle school students with a hands-on experience in understanding the workings of the brain, as part of a Brain Awareness Week program at the National Museum of Health and Medicine in Silver Spring, MD.  This video from the 2013 event features interviews with students, Museum and NIMH staffers.

For more information about the 2014 Brain Awareness Week event at the Museum, see:
Students Unlock the Mysteries of the Brain with NIH Scientists 

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