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Is either asperger's or autism caused by too much brain plasticity?

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Dr. Arthur Hoffman answered

Specializes in Psychiatry

No: Two different concepts; plasticity really is more about a kind of ''understudy'' capacity.

Answered 5/11/2016

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Dr. Derrick Lonsdale answered

Specializes in Preventive Medicine

No: Both are "variations on a symphonic theme" and are treatable by the use of bionutrients. There is evidence in the medical literature that they are on a spectrum of severity caused by damage to mitochondria, the engines of the cell. This would suggest that there is not enough plasticity rather than too much.

Answered 4/16/2012

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Dr. James Ferguson answered

Specializes in Pediatrics

Unrelated: We use the concept of brain plasticity to reflect our understanding of observed differences in kids/adults. A 1 year old & a 50 yo can suffer the same insult to the brain and have quite a different outcome. Since the immature brain has not formed all its connections, the 1 yo has a greater "plasticity" to form connections that bypass an injury. The 50 yo does not. It has nothing to do with autism.

Answered 5/19/2017

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