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Tag: attention

May 2017
Brooks Wolfner portrait

My secret to happiness: Lessons from an adult with autism

by  /  16 May 2017

When I was young, I didn’t know I was different from other people. I’ve since learned who I am, about my autism and how I can overcome the challenges of my condition.


Virtual reality yields clues to social difficulties in autism

by ,  /  16 May 2017

Assessing social ability in adults with autism requires controlled tests involving real-time social interactions. Virtual reality makes this possible.

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April 2017
A small boy is surrounded by pills, evoking a sense that we are giving individuals on the spectrum too many psychiatric drugs.

Autism’s drug problem

by  /  19 April 2017

Many people on the spectrum take multiple medications — which can lead to serious side effects and may not even be effective.

February 2017

Rats with mutant SHANK genes show autism-like behaviors

by  /  16 February 2017

Researchers have engineered two new rats with mutations in a family of genes that function at neuronal junctions, they reported today at the 2014 International Meeting for Autism Research in Atlanta.


Survey for parents could flag autism in infants

by  /  13 February 2017

Asking parents to fill out a questionnaire about their babies’ early skills could help clinicians spot signs of autism.

January 2017

New method aims to quantify ‘camouflaging’ in autism

by  /  19 January 2017

A combination of multiple diagnostic tests may gauge the extent to which adults with autism attempt to blend in.


Brain scans may forecast effectiveness of autism treatment

by  /  9 January 2017

Patterns of activity in certain brain regions may predict how well a child with autism will respond to a behavioral therapy.


Large study shows self-injury common among children with autism

by  /  4 January 2017

About one in four children with autism hit, scratch or otherwise hurt themselves, suggests an analysis of school and medical records for more than 8,000 children.

November 2016

Intense interests may interfere with social development in autism

by  /  13 November 2016

Children with autism may be so consumed by their interests that they don’t pay attention to social information.

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Fish game catches cognitive problems in children

by  /  9 November 2016

A video game that involves reacting to colored fish can help researchers spot subtle attention problems in children with certain conditions.