New study uses brain imaging methods to study the brain basis of affinities in kids with and without autism.

Study explores brain basis of special interests

Did you know that 88% of children on the autism spectrum have an affinity — or special interest that they are particularly passionate about?

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The Gabrieli lab is exploring the brain basis of these special interests in kids with and without autism. The PAL (Project on Affinities and Language) study uses noninvasive and child-friendly fMRI methods to study whether affinities can activate language regions of the brain. The lab is currently looking for 7–12-year-old children with and without autism who have a special interest or passion.

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