Autistic Spectrum Digest (Autism) Issue 22, September 2015 - Page 19

Research in review Study examines relation creativity and autism between In a one-of-its kind study, found that although people with high degrees of autistic traits were not so great at producing alternatives to solve a problem, i.e. divergent thinking, but they came up with very unique and creative ideas. The authors found that people who did not have autism traits high enough to meet the diagnostic criteria might actually benefit from these and use them to their advantage. The researchers hypothesize that the associative routes or memory-based routes are probably impaired, but the ability to be creative with responses is superior and unimpaired Researchers worry about negative impact of technology on adolescent brains A new article published this week in the prestigious BMJ warns public and parents that concerns over how technology might be negatively impacting adolescent brains aren’t backed by concrete research and shouldn’t be taken at face value. Susan Greenfield, a senior fellow from the Lincoln College Oxford has been warning people that excessive use of computer games and internet might be harming the teenage brain and should be curtailed. However, experts from BMJ warned that no studies or peer reviewed literature has backed this up and its only the media that is spreading this like wild fire. News such as this can be highly misleading to parents and the public in general. Thus, the experts from BMJ chose to warn the public regarding her unscientific claims. 19 New clues revealed dysfunctional brain synapses to In a new from the VIB Flanders Interuniversity Institute for Biotechnology, genetic analysis of patients has thrown forth a new pathway that affects the brain’s synaptic machinery. This pathway affects neuropsychiatric and neurological diseases such as autism and Alzheimer’s disease by hampering interneuronal communications. The study have revealed a pathway that governs the sorting of synaptic proteins in brain cells. The findings might give impetus to a whole new set of research on how protein sorting can lead to autism and lead to targeted therapies