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Brain Differences Hint at Why Autism is More Common in Males

February 08, 2017

Structural differences in the male brain might explain why autism is more common in men than women, a new study suggests. Women were three times more likely to have autism spectrum disorder if their brain anatomy resembled more closely what is typically seen in male brains, the European researchers reported. "Specifically, these females had much thicker than normal cortical areas, a trait generally seen in male brains. This study is certainly not conclusive, but it does propose a reason why autism is found so much more frequently in males," said Dr. Matthew Lorber, who was not involved in the study.

Faculty Member: Matthew Lorber, M.D., M.P.A., clinical assistant professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences

Source: HealthDay