Brain Mechanisms for Processing Affective (and Nonaffective) Touch Are Atypical in Autism.

@article{Kaiser2016BrainMF,
  title={Brain Mechanisms for Processing Affective (and Nonaffective) Touch Are Atypical in Autism.},
  author={Martha D. Kaiser and Daniel Y. -J. Yang and Avery C Voos and Randi H. Bennett and I. A. S. Gordon and Charlotte M. Pretzsch and Danielle Beam and Cara Keifer and Jeffrey A Eilbott and Francis P Mcglone and Kevin A. Pelphrey},
  journal={Cerebral cortex},
  year={2016},
  volume={26 6},
  pages={
          2705-14
        }
}
C-tactile (CT) afferents encode caress-like touch that supports social-emotional development, and stimulation of the CT system engages the insula and cortical circuitry involved in social-emotional processing. Very few neuroimaging studies have investigated the neural mechanisms of touch processing in people with autism spectrum disorder (ASD), who often exhibit atypical responses to touch. Using functional magnetic resonance imaging, we evaluated the hypothesis that children and adolescents… CONTINUE READING
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