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Synapses of the reward system at stake in autistic disorders: Scientists have discovered that the difficulty in managing social interactions found in people with autism is due to poor maturation of the synapses.

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 intera..