Posted at 2:49 pm on 01/21/2015 by Powlin V. Manuel
I have had more questions about what is the connection between disorder of brain and autism than most other conditions. I have taken care of many patients with autism during my 35 years of pediatric practice. Having a Master’s Degree in Psychology and following the progress of these patients for many years from early childhood to being adults, have given me an opportunity to explain some of what is going on in these children.It has been a really difficult task to understand autism and its relationship to neurological structures; of-course, it is connected to brain function. Professor Wang at Princeton University (Wang, 2010) explains it in the most simplistic way that I could understand. Here is the content of what he explains: He attributes three regions in brain known as the insular cortex, the insula, and the amygdala, the regions of brain involved in feeling of fear and anxiety as well as feeling of emotional states in other people. These regions of brain are also involved in processing facial expressions and mental states of other people around you. "This ability is often referred to as theory of mind"
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(Wang, 2010, page 173). The problem in detecting it using an imaging technique, for example, an MRI, is that it is a functional disorder of brain, and the examination of the brain structure does not show any difference. I hope this helped you to understand a little better.