The Autism Brain is Different with Manuel Casanova

I recently participated in the podcast Autism Confidential. The same was hosted by my good friend Jill Echer who is the president of the National Council for Severe Autism. Jill selected the title of the podcast and questioned me about differences found (postmortem and neuroimaging) in the brains of autistic individuals. Hopefully the listeners found the same informative. A link to the podcast is as follows: https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=-3Uh7ZEfkrI&t=962s

Let me know if you have any questions.

12 responses to “The Autism Brain is Different with Manuel Casanova

    • Me retire hace unos 3 anos de la academia. Sinembargo creo que el campo se esta moviendo a favor de theta bursts (inhibitorio). El mismo toma menos tiempo y da lugar a resultados mas rapidamente. Se pudieran dar varios ratamientos en un dia. Marco Antonio Marcolin de Brazil tiene un protocolo de esta manera. Saludos

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  1. I have essays on cerebral analysis pertaining to Schizophrenia as well as somatic peculiarities, available in the USSR. My main approach is psychology but some genetics and neurology form part of the articles. In the USSR, Schizophrenia got huge amounts of research, as well as the connections with European studies. Soviet clinical study stressed there are many syndromes close to Schizophrenia but the core condition shows various somatic, biological symptoms, – altgough these aren’t exclusive to Schizophrenia.

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  2. I became very convinced by the fact the brain is a biological, electrical frequency receiver, so electrically generated impulses are going to be “fundamental”, pardon the pun. I heard of a professor called Michael Persinger who – before his death – had been researching effects of electrical impulses on the brain, during sleep. Subjects reported distorted reality and various hallucinations. Persinger became more popular in pseudo-science circles but, despite that, I had already become aware of how such phenomena as oscillation or heterodyning can apply to the brain. Apart from that, I read dozens of case studies whereby sleep disturbances strongly related to childhood Schizophrenia.

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    • You are preaching to the choir. My last few years of research were into the influence of electromagnetic oscillation in brainwave oscillations.The brain is markedly receptive to the same.

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      • I recall you mentioned you do electronics. The electrical theory I do is dated, however, because I work with valves and far less with semiconductors. Something very new to me I can add. I recently became aware of why a lot of autism affected people tend to choose cats as pets. Cats are solitary and independent by nature but also resistant to conditioning. That is, training a cat is very difficult, compared to dogs. I found very little study into cat behaviour has been done simply because the cats remained distant.

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      • I have been an electronics hobbyist since a teenager. Now, not doing much. I also have 3 cats, but they all belong to my wife. Curious how they claim ownership of humans. Best regards

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      • I’ve been looking after my neighbour’s cat to help her out but soon became aware of a “resonance”. There’s a nice video one woman did on youtube about how she feels cats relate to autism affected humans, often with respect to HFA or Asperger’s. For me it’s been educational just to have a cat for company. I would say therapeutic too. Also very interesting is the sleep pattern. I never knew cats sleep so much. I myself seem to need at least ten hours and my body clock is nocturnal.

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  3. They sleep a lot during the day but otherwise are active at night. As an aside there is a lot of literature and history about resonance as related to electromagnetic radiation and its effects on the brain.

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    • Recently I found something interesting. Apparently actor Antony Hopkins had been diagnosed with mild Asperger Syndrome, although Hopkins himself was skeptical. I was also sketical but, when I referenced Hopkins’s school history, it turned out he had been unteachable (and self taught piano). He couldn’t follow classes and was called “stupid”, later turning to alcohol. His background reminded me of Harrow (one of Asperger’s less severe cases). When I did my “cat check”, sure enough, Hopkins had a cat which he adored and mourned after his pet’s death. I could never be an actor but I can now see why cats are a bit special.

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      • Cats are special. Although somewhat unrelated, Sigmund Freud used to have a Pomeranian dog. He took his dog to all of his sessions involving children. He thought that the dog played a crucial role in getting patients to relax and open up.

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      • My biggest therapy and path to more stability came from adopting a German shephered. His former owner had died in a light aircraft crash. Spending time with this dog opened up feelings that human beings never triggered. Stuff like care and value placed on life (animals and people). I took care of him till he died at 13. His loss I found devastating, as well as guilt for not being able to do more. I have very low communicative empathy but it seems feelings don’t totally die. What I never understood till now is that cats can be similar in some ways to dogs – in all cases kindness and patience will draw animals closer, even cuddly predators such as cats.

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