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Spectrum: Autism Research News


Jennifer Richler

Science Writer, Freelance

Jennifer Richler is a freelance science writer based in Bloomington, Indiana, who holds a Ph.D. in clinical psychology.

June 2015

Questions for Ari Ne’eman: Partnering with participants

by  /  16 June 2015

Autistic adults should be partners in the research process, not just ‘subjects’ in a study, says Ari Ne’eman.

April 2015

Funding agency revamps strategy for mental health research

by  /  17 April 2015

The National Institute of Mental Health is overhauling its funding strategy to emphasize the translation of advances in genomics and information technology into therapies.

March 2015

How to build a better scientist

by  /  10 March 2015

Budding scientists need career guidance from faculty mentors, not just technical handholding by graduate students, suggests a comprehensive review.

February 2015

When researchers share data, everyone wins

by  /  13 February 2015

Imagine a world in which researchers reveal all their clinical trial data, allowing their peers to do their own analyses and confirm the findings. A new report by the Institute of Medicine outlines ways to make this scenario a reality.


Lingering gaps permeate public perception of science

by  /  6 February 2015

When it comes to research, scientists and the public are often at odds. It’s a long-standing problem, but the results of a survey released last week reveal that in particular areas, this opinion gap has grown.

January 2015

Science’s gender gap tied to beliefs about brilliance

by  /  27 January 2015

The gender gap in science is strongest in fields that most value innate intelligence — perhaps because of mistaken impressions about the differences in innate intelligence between men and women.

December 2014

Understanding aggression in autism

by ,  /  5 December 2014

Two new studies explore the link between autism and aggression — a controversial connection that weighs heavily on individuals with the disorder and their families.