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July 2022
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Spectrum Launch: When mentoring goes wrong

by  /  7 July 2022

Having a productive relationship can be beneficial for both mentors and mentees. So what can either side do when that mentorship goes awry?

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Mouse study links dopamine in cerebellum to social behavior

by  /  6 July 2022

The signaling molecule’s social role in the ‘little brain’ involves Purkinje neurons in the Crus I and Crus II regions, a new study reveals.

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Community Newsletter: Lab collaborations, interneuron network expansion, DDX3X

by  /  3 July 2022

This week’s newsletter trails tweets about neuroscientists who study rodents or humans teaming up with those who study nonhuman primates, the expansion of interneurons networks in the human brain and new findings on the autism-linked gene DDX3X.

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June 2022
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DNA may hold clues to oxytocin levels in autistic people

by  /  30 June 2022

Genetic factors could help explain why the ‘social hormone’ failed to benefit autistic people in a phase 3 clinical trial last year.

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Autism linked to inflammatory bowel disease in parents

by  /  28 June 2022

The inflammation associated with the disease, particularly in mothers, may contribute to autism traits in children.

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Community Newsletter: Fresh takes on theory-of-mind skills, evaluating joint attention, autism’s sex ratio

by  /  26 June 2022

A trill of tweets this week talk about perspective-taking during conversation, watching hands during playtime and accounting for measurement bias during diagnosis.

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Autism-linked mutation disrupts brain circuit to change social behavior

by  /  24 June 2022

Therapies that target the circuit could boost social activity, new findings suggest.

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Common inherited variants tied to autism show sex bias in families

by  /  23 June 2022

Siblings of autistic females are more likely to have autism than siblings of autistic males are, and mothers of autistic children carry more common, autism-linked variants than fathers do.

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Autism’s sex bias disappears after tracking trajectories

by  /  22 June 2022

The male sex bias in autism may in large part be a product of how common diagnostic tools measure traits in boys versus girls at a single point in time, according to a new study.

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Causal inference method mitigates motion bias in autism imaging studies

by  /  21 June 2022

Statistical modeling and machine learning helps blunt the bias in brain imaging studies that exclude young autistic children and those with prominent traits, a new study finds.

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