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Bahar Gholipour

Bahar Gholipour is a freelance science journalist based in New York. She focuses on the brain, neuroscience and psychology, and is passionate about reporting on artificial intelligence, genetics and the politics of healthcare. Her writing has appeared in various print and online publications including WIRED, New York Magazine and Scientific AmericanBahar has a Masters degree in neuroscience from Ecole Normale Superieure in Paris, and has done graduate-level work at Stony Brook University’s School of Journalism.

December 2018
Child in MEG with eeg cap

Autistic children may have to mute own perspective to grasp others’

by  /  6 December 2018

To understand another person’s point of view, children with autism may need to actively suppress their own.

November 2018

Schizophrenia prevalence may be threefold higher in people with autism

by  /  21 November 2018

Autism and schizophrenia co-occur significantly more often than would be expected by chance, according to an analysis of nearly 2 million people.

June 2018

Mutations in autism gene may trigger milder effects than does its loss

by  /  20 June 2018

People with mutations in SHANK3 have milder features than do those missing a chunk of DNA that includes the gene.

May 2018
Microscopic image of skin cells

Study challenges theory that protein surplus underlies fragile X

by  /  16 May 2018

Many people with fragile X syndrome show average rates of protein production, challenging a long-held assumption about the condition.

April 2018
boy playing with a fidget spinner

Co-occurring conditions alter timing of autism diagnosis

by  /  23 April 2018

Children with autism typically have four or five other conditions, such as attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, that can affect when they are diagnosed.

March 2018
a row of colorful mice standing close together

Statistical errors may taint as many as half of mouse studies

by  /  15 March 2018

Neuroscientists are sounding the alarm about ‘pseudoreplication,’ a widespread practice that studs the literature with false results.

February 2018
asian child and mother together in a park

Study linking acetaminophen use to language delay is preliminary, experts say

by  /  14 February 2018

Women who take acetaminophen — commonly marketed as Tylenol in the United States — early in pregnancy may increase their daughters’ risk of language delay.

January 2018
toddler sitting on a couch

Signs of autism emerge early in babies with related condition

by  /  1 January 2018

Infants who have neurofibromatosis, a genetic condition linked to autism, show motor difficulties and communication delays at 10 months of age.

December 2017
a virus shuttling between cells

Gene therapy success raises hopes for approach in Rett syndrome

by  /  20 December 2017

Success in a small clinical trial of spinal muscular atrophy suggests gene therapy might treat single-gene conditions related to autism.

November 2017
human brain illustration

Technology from ‘Harry Potter’ movies brings magic of brain into focus

by  /  15 November 2017

The same techniques that generate images of smoke, clouds and fantastic beasts in movies can render neurons and brain structures in fine-grained detail.