There are important differences between the brains of people with autism and the brains of the various control groups used in studies conducted by Carnegie Mellon University. The brain areas involved in theory of mind processing are differently connected between these two groups. Folks with autism have fewer connections in the right superior temporal area and in the superior medial frontal area. The Carnegie Mellon study attempts to capture and document these differences. The inforgraphic contains detailed brain images that were taken as a part of the Carnegie Mellon study, including brain images of both the right superior temporal area and the superior medial frontal area of both people with autism and members of a control group who do not have autism. These images depict in graphic detail the differences in the brain connections in the two respective groups. The infographic suggests that autistic people have more difficulty figuring out what certain animated characters are doing.


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