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Published on Jul 19, 2013
Measurements of brain activity in young infants may reveal differences between those at risk of developing autism and others, but the sensitivity of the developing brain at this point makes it very difficult to take such measurements safely. A special 'helmet', which uses non-intrusive near infra-red light to see what actions activate which brain areas has been developed by Professor Clare Elwell (UCL Medical Physics & Bioengineering). As well as helping to improve understanding of the condition, and through early diagnosis, access to needed support, the portability and resilience of the techniques make them suitable for a range of other applications, including applications in the developing world.