The Neural Circuitry of Autism

Aysenil Belger*, Kimberly L. H. Carpenter, Gunes H. Yucel, Katherine M. Cleary, Franc C. L. Donkers

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Autism is a complex neurodevelopmental disorder, characterized by deficits in social emotional, and language domains, as well as repetitive restrictive behaviors. The vast heterogeneity of the clinical and behavioral symptoms has made it rather difficult to delineate the neural circuitry affiliated with these domains of dysfunction. The current review aims at broadly outlining the latest research into the neurobiology and neural circuitry underlying the core domains of deficits in autism. We further discuss new avenues of research that can further our understanding of the dimensions of this complex disorder.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)201-214
JournalNeurotoxicity Research
Issue number3
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2011
Externally publishedYes


  • Autism
  • Social cognition
  • Affective processing
  • Executive function
  • Neural circuitry
  • Broad autism phenotype

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