10 Jan 2017: Researcher from School of Mathematical Sciences is lead author of study that challenges Autism brain respose theory

Dr John Butler, a lecturer and researcher in the School of Mathematical Sciences, in associatio with his collaborators have challenged the hypothesis that nerve cells in the brains of individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders do not reliably and consistently respond to external stimuli in a new study in the journal Cerebral Cortex.

Working with colleagues from the University of Rochester, the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and Trinity College Institute of Neuroscience, John has found that individuals with Autism do not demonstrate a measurable variation in how they respond to repeated visual and tactile stimuli. This casts doubt on the theory that the symptoms of Autism are due to unreliable brain activity in response to the senses.

As lead author, John observes that the work "...says in essence there is nothing to be found here. It is just as important to get information out there that questions a major theory in the field as it is to publish work that supports it." The full press release can be found here.