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Spectrum: Autism Research News


Abigail Fagan

January 2018
doctor with patient

New measure yields rapid diagnosis in adults with autism

by  /  5 January 2018

An abbreviated tool enables clinicians to quickly assess adults for signs of autism.

December 2017
students in subway taking notes

New York program transports children with autism to their passion

by  /  22 December 2017

In a New York City after-school program, children with autism build social skills through a shared interest in trains.

eight brains with various sections highlighted

Tool taps personal interests to understand self-control

by  /  15 December 2017

A novel take on a widely used test could help clinicians assess impulsivity in people with autism.

child anxiously sitting in stairwell holding knees closely

Anxiety may heighten social communication challenges in autism

by  /  6 December 2017

Anxiety may exacerbate social communication problems in children with autism — and not the other way around.

November 2017
hand cutting a piece of marijuana

Marijuana compound curbs seizures by pushing ‘brakes’ in brain

by  /  8 November 2017

A compound derived from marijuana may treat a severe form of epilepsy by dampening brain activity.

October 2017
Room full of filing folders on shelves

Repository ties mutations to traits in Phelan-McDermid syndrome

by  /  13 October 2017

A new database details the genetic mutations associated with Phelan-McDermid syndrome, along with the behavioral outcomes of people with those mutations.

September 2017
One virtual world for fruit flies includes a cavernous space with a pole at the center.

Virtual reality provides precise control of animal behavior

by  /  29 September 2017

A new tool can track fish, flies or mice as they navigate a virtual environment and interact with other animal ‘avatars.’