"By switching certain neurons in the brain on or off, mice with autism can learn a sensory task as quickly as healthy ones. Researchers published their findings Monday in the journal Nature Neuroscience.
"The focus in autism has been trying to tackle social impairment," first author Dr. Anubhuti Goel, a postdoctoral researcher in neurology at UCLA, said in a press release. "But if there is a deficit in learning due to being unable to process certain kinds of sensory input, it affects your development. We're trying to identify early brain processes that will impact behaviors in children when they are older.""