Healthline – Why Autistic Kids Get Lost in the Details – Rachel Barclay
In a new study <http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/vaop/ncurrent/full/nature12330.html> in the August issue of Nature, scientists at the NYU Langone Medical Center discovered how the brain filters useful information by focusing on oxytocin neurons in the hippocampus of rats. In autistic people, who sometimes struggle with empathy, scientists have found that oxytocin levels are lower than usual. “We can rely on a gestalt, a pattern we can recognize. In people with autism, this gestalt is absent,” said Alexander Kolevzon, MD, a Clinical Director at the Seaver Autism Center in the Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai.
-Dr. Alexander Kolevzon, Associate Professor, Psychiatry, Pediatrics, The Mount Sinai Medical Center