Let's not let our visual sense override our aural perception…

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Scientists from England and Germany under the leadership of Michael Hunter provided data that many of us considered to be fact.  The researchers were curious about our sense of tranquility, a state they define as one that arises due to natural environmental features.  They had found that the auditory characteristics of freeway traffic and waves breaking on the beach have similar spectral and temporal qualities (meaning that their basic sounds and natures are similar).  The portions of the brains that were affected included the medial prefrontal cortex, the posterior cingulate gyrus, the temporoparietal cortex  (TPC) and the thalamus.   They published their results in the November 2010 issue of NeuroImage.

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Children with autism have more connections between the hemispheres and within the frontal lobe

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We talked about the brain scan that was developed to detect autism in adults. Brain scans in children that carry an autism gene (CNTNAP2) are now providing very interesting results.  [PLEASE NOTE: Many people (about 1/3 the population) have this gene variant- without demonstrating the characteristics of autism.  The presence of this gene indicates the subject is at risk for autism.] There seems to be more connections among neurons in the frontal lobe.

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