The Wang lab proposes a new hypothesis for the role of the cerebellum in autism

Cerebellar research has focused principally on adult motor function. However, the cerebellum also maintains abundant connections with nonmotor brain regions throughout postnatal life. Here we review evidence that the cerebellum may guide the maturation of remote nonmotor neural circuitry and influence cognitive development, with a focus on its relationship with autism. Specific cerebellar zones influence neocortical  substrates for social interaction, and we propose that sensitive-period disruption of such internal brain communication can account for autism’s key features.

Read more: "The Cerebellum, Sensitive Periods, and Autism"

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