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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: attention

December 2011

Cognition and behavior: Response to faces delayed in autism

by  /  20 December 2011

A brain response that discriminates familiar faces from unfamiliar ones develops more slowly in children with autism than in controls, according to a study published in the November/December issue of Child Development.


Eye-tracking device travels with toddlers

by  /  14 December 2011

Researchers have designed a light, mobile and wireless device that allows them to track infants’ gaze as they explore their environment, according to a study published in November in Child Development.

November 2011

Normocentric world

by  /  15 November 2011

In a Nature commentary, Laurent Mottron, professor of psychiatry at the University of Montreal, argues that autism is not a defect that needs fixing.


Meta-analysis refines understanding of brain function

by  /  15 November 2011

Scientists are analyzing more than 7,000 studies of functional magnetic resonance imaging to refine the role of various regions in the brain, according to unpublished work presented Monday at the 2011 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C.


Video: What monkeys can teach us about autism

by  /  12 November 2011

Earl Miller tells how monkeys inspired his theory for the cognitive deficits in autism.


Clinical research: Early therapy in autism yields big gains

by  /  11 November 2011

Children with autism who receive intensive behavioral interventions of various types show the most improvement on tests of social and communicative abilities, according to a study in the January-March 2012 issue of Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders.


Fred Volkmar: A decades-long perspective on autism research

by  /  8 November 2011

Over the past 30 years, autism research pioneer Fred Volkmar says he has learned that researchers should be humble when assigning meaning to autism behavior, and seek to translate their findings into useful applications.  

October 2011

Peer pressure

by  /  25 October 2011

Individuals with autism are no more likely to donate money when being observed than when alone.

Photo: A pair of glasses sits in front of an eyesight testing poster with letters. The poster is magnified through the glasses lenses.

Cognition and behavior: Vision same in autism and controls

by  /  19 October 2011

Individuals with Asperger syndrome perform at the same level as controls do on tests of visual ability, according to a study published 30 August in Biological Psychiatry. This result adds to growing evidence against the claim, made in an infamous 2009 study, that individuals with autism have superior vision.

September 2011

Molecular mechanisms: Fragile X brains have altered synapses

by  /  21 September 2011

Neurons in a mouse model of fragile X syndrome make more connections during a critical period in development compared with controls, but are slower to respond to signals.