Autism spectrum disorders are a group of neurodevelopmental disorders, one of the main characteristics of which is impaired social communication. But what happens in patients’ brains that disrupts their social skills? According to scientists, a malfunction of the synaptic activity of neurons present in the reward system seems to be at stake. They established a link between a genetic mutation, a disturbance of the synapses and an alteration of social interactions.
Synapses of the reward system at stake in autistic disorders