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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.

September 2017
Three toddlers looking at a stack of presents.

Brain, behavior distinguish autism from language delay

by  /  25 September 2017

Babies with autism show behavioral and brain features that differ from those of babies with language delay.

August 2017
Girl playing the piano while a teacher guides her along the music.

Music therapy for autism shows minimal social benefit

by  /  30 August 2017

Music therapy does not alleviate autism features, according to a large international study.

Hand stopping a row of dominoes from collapsing.

For people with autism, unforeseen events come as no surprise

by  /  23 August 2017

People with autism are less surprised by unexpected occurrences than are typical adults — a possible consequence of overestimating the instability of the world.


Scan of ‘missense’ mutations marks new suspects for autism risk

by  /  9 August 2017

A large study of minute mutations in people with developmental conditions, including autism, has uncovered 200 potential risk genes.

July 2017

Girls on the spectrum may have problems with planning

by  /  27 July 2017

Girls with autism may have more difficulty making and executing plans, and taking care of themselves, than do boys with the condition.


Regional autism rates point to impact of awareness, training

by  /  10 July 2017

The odds of getting an autism diagnosis depend on where in the United States a person lives.

June 2017

Autism risk climbs with number of fevers during pregnancy

by  /  26 June 2017

Having fevers while pregnant boosts the risk of having a child with autism, according to a study of more than 95,000 women.


Affinity for faces may emerge in womb

by  /  14 June 2017

Fetuses favor patterns of light that resemble faces over those without face-like features, suggests the first study of its kind.


Parents’ interactions with infants may alleviate autism features

by  /  12 June 2017

Teaching parents to respond to cues from babies at high risk of autism eases the severity of autism features at age 3.


Rare form of regression is distinct from most autism

by  /  1 June 2017

A rare condition marked by a sudden and profound loss of skills is biologically distinct from other forms of autism.