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Tag: attention

March 2013

Cognition and behavior: Attention early indicator of autism

by  /  8 March 2013

Infants who are later diagnosed with autism are less attentive to the presence of a person onscreen at 6 months of age than their typically developing peers are, according to a study published 14 January in Biological Psychiatry.

February 2013
Illustration of a simulated view through binoculars.

Cognition and behavior: Visual perception enhanced in autism

by  /  27 February 2013

People with autism are adept at detecting whether two items appear on a screen simultaneously or close together in time, according to a study published 14 December in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

November 2012

Clinical research: Language disorder distinct from autism

by  /  2 November 2012

The families of children with specific language impairment do not have a history of autism, according to a study published 28 August in Genes, Brain and Behavior. The results bolster the theory that the two disorders have independent risk factors.

October 2012

Social spontaneity

by  /  30 October 2012

People with autism don’t look at others’ eyes or mimic their actions in everyday life, but they can do these things when asked to, according a review published 7 September in Brain and Development. 


New rules allow joint diagnosis of autism, attention deficit

by  /  25 October 2012

About 30 percent of children with autism have symptoms of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, but under current diagnostic guidelines they can only be diagnosed with one or the other. That’s about to change.


Cognitive test highlights flexibility deficits in autism

by  /  19 October 2012

A new cognitive test demonstrates the difficulties people with autism have with flexible thinking, according to a poster presented Wednesday at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in New Orleans.


Children with autism get lost in time, imaging study says

by  /  15 October 2012

Children with autism recruit different brain regions than controls do when estimating how much time has gone by, according to unpublished research presented Monday at the 2012 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in New Orleans.


Researchers question meaning of ‘resting state’ in autism

by  /  15 October 2012

Many researchers have reported atypical brain connectivity in people with autism lying passively in a brain scanner. But those differences may be the result of what participants are thinking about, rather than of an underlying neural defect, according to a poster presented Sunday at the 2012 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in New Orleans.

July 2012
A student is seated at a table with a sheet of paper in front of him. They hold a pencil in this right hand and are filling out the sheet.

Researchers grapple with mixed results from cognitive studies

by  /  30 July 2012

Some studies have suggested that people with autism have deficits in executive function — a set of complex mental processes involved in everyday life. But these results may instead reflect their difficulties imagining what other people are thinking, according to a provocative new hypothesis.

May 2012

Cognition and behavior: Drug improves memory in autism

by  /  9 May 2012

Propranolol, a drug used to treat heart disease and anxiety, might improve memory and attention deficits in autism, according to a study published in the May issue of the Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society.