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Research suggests autistic brains 'work differently'

People with autism could use their brains in a different way from those who don't have the condition.

Researchers at the University of Montreal, in Canada, say autistic people have highly developed visual areas in their brains, but are less well equipped for decision-making or reasoning.

The National Autistic Society says the findings significantly increase understanding of the condition.

The research, published in the journal Human Brain Mapping, pulls together 15 years of data on the way the autistic brain works.

Jane Hughes reports.

  • 05 Apr 2011
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