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Illustration shows young woman surrounded by the confusion of puberty and body changes.

Puberty may arrive early for some autistic girls

by  /  27 October 2020

Girls with autism tend to start puberty earlier than their peers do, which may intensify their social difficulties and put them at an increased risk for bullying and mental health conditions such as depression.

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October 2020
William Mandy at train station
Opinion / Q&A

Beyond the bench: A conversation with William Mandy

by  /  20 October 2020

William Mandy talks about the golden hours for writing and why — when there isn’t a pandemic — he likes attending conferences in new parts of the world.

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September 2020
Photograph taken by drone shows Anthony ZAdor and his son running alongside the water.
Opinion / Q&A

Beyond the bench: A conversation with Tony Zador

by  /  29 September 2020

Neuroscientist Tony Zador discusses the enigma of the human brain, the ‘aha’ moments of running and why a ski resort is a good place for a scientific conference.

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young autistic girl in playroom with a tennis ball that matches her yellow dyed hair.
Opinion / Q&A

Inside a summer camp for autistic children in Russia

by  /  1 September 2020

Photographs show how a camp in St. Petersburg this summer helped children on the spectrum and their families find some fun during the pandemic.

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August 2020
Photo-based illustration shows woman with a dress matching the wallpaper behind her, holding a mask.
Opinion / Q&A

Spotting the problems with ‘camouflaging’ in autism research

by  /  25 August 2020

Eric Fombonne spoke with Spectrum about the possibilities that autism is overdiagnosed in adults and that camouflaging traits is not unique to the condition.

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Collage illustration showing Lucina Uddin portrait with eye movements and brain images
Opinion / Q&A

Rethinking ‘noise’ in autism research

by  /  11 August 2020

Lucina Uddin says researchers should be cautious when analyzing their findings, because ‘noisy’ data may actually hold important information about brain functioning.

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Matt Lerner playing the sax in his year
Opinion / Q&A

Beyond the bench: A conversation with Matthew Lerner

by  /  4 August 2020

Since the pandemic began, Matthew Lerner and his team have become part of a massive experiment on maintaining social connection at a distance.

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July 2020
Pen and ink drawings by a father and daughter in a. sketchbook
Opinion / Q&A

On the same page: Divorce, drawing, and parenting an autistic child

by  /  28 July 2020

Shared sketch books chart a father-daughter relationship over time and provide a valuable outlet for self-regulating emotions.

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June 2020
Two brains resting on the scales of justice
Opinion / Q&A

Lessons from ‘neurolaw’ for autism research

by  /  30 June 2020

Francis X. Shen, a researcher at the intersection of neuroscience and the law, says scientists must include information about study participants’ income, education and race in their findings.

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Beyond the bench: A conversation with Jack Gilbert

by  /  9 June 2020

Jack Gilbert is teasing out how microbes transform their home environments, from the comfort of his own.

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May 2020
Opinion / Q&A

Diagnosing autism with a camera and an algorithm

by  /  12 May 2020

Robert Schultz hopes to use technology to change how autism is studied, diagnosed and treated.

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