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Health Agencies Update
January 26, 2005

Autism and the Alphabet

JAMA. 2005;293(4):415. doi:10.1001/jama.293.4.415-a

Individuals with autism use different parts of their brain to remember alphabet letters than those without the condition, new research shows. In a study published online in November in the journal Neuroimage (http://www.sciencedirect.com), scientists in the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development’s Collaborative Program of Excellence in Autism at the University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University, in Pittsburgh, Pa, used functional magnetic resonance imaging to compare the brain activity of high-functioning adults with autism with a control group of individuals of similar ages and IQs.

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