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Tag: attention

May 2012

Social motivation, reward and the roots of autism

Social impairments in autism are likely a consequence of deficits in social motivation that start early in life and have profound developmental consequences, says psychologist Robert Schultz.

April 2012

Cognition and behavior: Reward circuit abnormal in autism

by  /  20 April 2012

The reward center of the brain is less active in children with autism compared with controls in response both to praise and monetary rewards, according to a study published 11 April in Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience.

March 2012

Clinical research: Joint attention can predict autism outcome

by  /  20 March 2012

How easy it is to engage the attention of a child with autism by gazing or pointing at an object may predict how well he or she will be able to function as an adult, according to a study published in the February issue of the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Child's eye looking to the right, close up.

Large eye-tracking study highlights diversity of autism

by  /  5 March 2012

Children with autism who have different verbal and intellectual abilities seem to glean useful social information from different parts of the face, according to the largest-ever eye-tracking study of the disorder. The findings are published in the March issue of the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

February 2012

Insights for autism from attention deficit hyperactivity disorder

by  /  7 February 2012

Autism and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder show genetic and neurobiological overlap, which may provide clues to the origin of both disorders, says Joel Nigg.


Brain response to gaze predicts autism in baby sibs

by  /  6 February 2012

A longitudinal study of infant siblings of children with autism is the first to identify a particular brain pattern that is linked to later diagnosis of autism.


Lip reading

by  /  3 February 2012

As babies are learning to talk, they shift their focus from speakers’ eyes to their lips, according to a new study that could inform efforts to find an early predictor of autism.

January 2012

Tony Charman: Longitudinal studies for autism research

by  /  24 January 2012

Clinicians and autism researchers should learn the early signs of autism and take into account an individual’s developmental trajectory, says Tony Charman.


Love story

by  /  17 January 2012

Can people with autism, who lack the ability to understand others’ thoughts and feelings, fall in love?


Screen time

by  /  6 January 2012

Children with autism are twice as likely as controls to spend most of their free time watching television or videos.