Research linking Autism and Asperger’s Syndrome to the cerebellum

Decreased connectivity and cerebellar activity in autism during motor task performance (Mostofsky SH, Powell SK, Simmonds DJ, Goldberg MC, Caffo B, Pekar JJ – 1 Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore, USA).

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Density of cerebellar basket and stellate cells in autism: evidence for a late developmental loss of Purkinje cells (Whitney ER, Kemper TL, Rosene DL, Bauman ML, Blatt GJ – Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Boston University School of Medicine, Boston, USA).

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Evidence for a deficit in procedural learning in children and adolescents with autism: implications for cerebellar contribution (Mostofsky SH, Goldberg MC, Landa RJ, Denckla MB – Department of Developmental Cognitive Neurology, Kennedy Krieger Institute, Baltimore, MD 21205, USA).

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Altered cerebellar feedback projections in Asperger syndrome (Catani M, Jones DK, Daly E, Embiricos N, Deeley Q, Pugliese L, Curran S, Robertson D, Murphy DG – Section of Brain Maturation, Department of Psychological Medicine and Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London, UK).

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Gait function in high-functioning autism and Asperger’s disorder : evidence for basal-ganglia and cerebellar involvement? (Rinehart NJ, Tonge BJ, Bradshaw JL, Iansek R, Enticott PG, McGinley J – Dept. of Psychological Medicine, Monash University, Clayton, VIC, Australia).

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Behavioural aspects of cerebellar function in adults with Asperger syndrome (Gowen E, Miall RC – Behavioural Brain Sciences, School of Psychology, University of Birmingham, UK).

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Autism and Asperger’s disorder: are they movement disorders involving the cerebellum and/or basal ganglia? (Nayate A, Bradshaw JL, Rinehart NJ -Department of Psychological Medicine, Monash University, Clayton, VIC, Australia).

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Abnormality of cerebellar vermian lobules VI and VII in patients with infantile autism: identification of hypoplastic and hyperplastic subgroups with MR imaging (Courchesne E, Saitoh O, Yeung-Courchesne R, Press GA, Lincoln AJ, Haas RH, Schreibman L – Neurosciences Department, School of Medicine, University of California at San Diego, USA).

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The brain in infantile autism: posterior fossa structures are abnormal (Courchesne E, Townsend J, Saitoh O – Neurosciences Department, School of Medicine, University of California at San Diego, La Jolla).

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