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Another area of the brain linked to ASD

January 9, 2017 3:00 pm Published by
Dr. Joshua Henk Balsters and his colleagues performed MRI scans on individuals with ASD, and on a group of age and IQ-matched control subjects. Balsters et al found key differences in the brain activity between the two groups. The part of the brain that was affected plays a complex role in social interaction, affecting emotional intelligence and social cognition. 

Dr Balsters said: “A number of brain regions are activated when something unexpected happens, but there is a special part of the brain called the gyrus of the anterior cingulate cortex – the ACCg – that signals when something surprising happens to other people. We found that individuals with an ASD are less accurate at identifying other people’s expectations, but they also lack the typical response in the ACCg when surprising things happen to other people.”

Their findings were published this month in Brain: A Journal of Neurology. Click to read their abstract, Disrupted prediction errors index social deficits in autism spectrum disorder.


Kristen DuMoulin, Ph.D., BCBA, SAS, has been a devoted professional to the field of special education and individuals with autism since 1995. She joined Quality Services for the Autism Community (QSAC) in 2002 and is currently the Director of Children’s Clinical Services, where she is responsible for managing the clinical and administrative aspects of the Early Intervention (EI), Special Education Itinerant Teachers (SEIT), Special Education Teacher Support Services (SETSS) as well as the CPSE and OPWDD evaluation programs. She is a permanently certified New York State Special Education Teacher and School Administrator.


QSAC is a New York City and Long Island based nonprofit that supports children and adults with autism, together with their families, in achieving greater independence, realizing their future potential, and contributing to their communities in a meaningful way by offering person-centered services.

QSAC pursues this mission through direct services that provide a supportive and individualized setting for children and adults with autism to improve their communication, socialization, academic, and functional skills.