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The cerebellum, sensitive periods, and autism

Author(s): Wang, Samuel S-H; Kloth, Alexander D; Badura, Aleksandra

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Abstract: Cerebellar research has focused principally on adult motor function. However, the cerebellum also maintains abundant connections with nonmotor brain regions throughout postnatal life. Here we review evidence that the cerebellum may guide the maturation of remote nonmotor neural circuitry and influence cognitive development, with a focus on its relationship with autism. Specific cerebellar zones influence neocortical substrates for social interaction, and we propose that sensitive-period disruption of such internal brain communication can account for autism’s key features.
Publication Date: 6-Aug-2014
Citation: Wang, Samuel S-H, Kloth, Alexander D, Badura, Aleksandra. The cerebellum, sensitive periods, and autism. Neuron, 83 (518 - 32). doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2014.07.016
DOI: doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2014.07.016
ISSN: 1097-4199
Pages: 518 - 532
Type of Material: Journal Article
Journal/Proceeding Title: Neuron
Version: Author's manuscript

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