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July 2021
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News

Community Newsletter: Controversial ‘cost of autism’ paper, ‘doctors’ speak,’ double empathy explained

by  /  25 July 2021

In this week’s community newsletter, we dissect reactions to an anti-vaccine activist’s controversial paper, how doctors talk about autism and our new double empathy explainer.

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Portrait of Laurent Mottron
Multimedia / Webinars

Webinar: Laurent Mottron on the need for radical change in autism research

31 August 2021

Webinar: Laurent Mottron on the need for radical change in autism research.

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Week of JulyJul
19th
2021
News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Mitochondria, police training, supporting scientists with disabilities

by  /  23 July 2021

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 19 July.

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Sleep problems in autism may stem from leaky brain barrier

by  /  23 July 2021

Problems with falling and staying asleep are common in autism, and they may be due in part to leaks in the blood-brain barrier, according to a new study in fruit flies.

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Double empathy, explained

by  /  22 July 2021

The double empathy theory challenges the idea that social difficulties are specific to autism and suggests that problems arise from a mismatch in perspective between autistic and non-autistic people.

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News / Toolbox

Method tracks neuron paths, gene expression simultaneously

by  /  21 July 2021

A new technique can reveal where thousands of neurons send their axons — and measure the cells’ RNA levels for dozens of genes at the same time — in the mouse brain. It could be used to profile neural circuits underlying autism.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

How to avoid common pitfalls when parsing circuit control of social behavior

by  /  20 July 2021

When probing the circuits underlying social behavior in animal models of autism, researchers should consider potentially confounding variables, use multiple behavioral assays and report results in a descriptive and unbiased manner.

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Micrographs comparing motor cortex neurons in mice with and without an extra copy of MECP2 gene.
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Blocking key pathway reverses brain, behavior changes in autism mouse model

by  /  19 July 2021

Neurons in mice with an autism-linked mutation sprout extraneous protrusions, an overgrowth accompanied by above-average motor learning. Inhibiting a cell signaling pathway reverses the effect.

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Community Newsletter: Online theory-of-mind test, strengths-based autism diagnosis, mapping trajectories

by  /  18 July 2021

In this week’s Community Newsletter, we dissect a new online version of the Frith-Happé test, a strengths-based diagnostic approach, and autistic children’s trajectories after diagnosis.

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Week of JulyJul
12th
2021
News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Microbiota therapies, face processing in autism, Ninja Training

by , , ,  /  16 July 2021

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 12 July.

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