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June 2023
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Average autism diagnosis delayed by more than two years

by  /  16 June 2023

The findings may explain why the average age at diagnosis has plateaued at 4 years old.

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AI model helps decode brain activity underlying conversation

by  /  15 June 2023

A text-predicting chatbot parses text from conversations in a way that parallels brain-activity patterns associated with speech production and comprehension.

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Controversial ‘cost of autism’ paper retracted

by  /  13 June 2023

The journal’s decision comes two years after Spectrum covered backlash from researchers over the study.

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New estimate suggests most autistic adults in England lack a formal diagnosis

by  /  9 June 2023

The finding underscores a need for adult autism diagnostic services.

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Multi-lab study hints at benefits of long-tested autism drug

by  /  8 June 2023

The results lend support for clinical trials of arbaclofen in people with an autism-linked condition, the researchers say.

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How early-career researchers get the most out of social media

by  /  7 June 2023

Researchers share advice about how they find connection and gain visibility via online platforms.

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Spectrum Launch: Four tips for advancing your career via social media

by  /  7 June 2023

Researchers also share insight into navigating the academic job market and “everything you wanted to know about running a lab but were afraid to ask.”

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Capturing autism’s sleep problems with devices nearable and wearable

by ,  /  6 June 2023

Next-generation trackers could realize a long-standing research dream: conducting sleep studies in large numbers of autistic people.

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Preprint questions validity of postmortem brain studies

by  /  5 June 2023

But the alternatives, including living-brain biopsies, raise logistical and ethical questions, experts say.

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Community Newsletter: Replication fail; autism diagnostic pathways

by  /  4 June 2023

Scientists on social media this week discussed a failed attempt to replicate some functional MRI results and children’s journeys to an autism diagnosis in the United Kingdom.