Biological factors that reflect autism’s roots may differ from those that influence how severe the condition is. Failure to make a distinction has stymied the search for biomarkers.
Spectrum: Autism Research News
The high levels of serotonin seen in the blood of some autistic people have confounded scientists for more than half a century. Despite so little progress, some researchers refuse to give up.
Q&A with Sébastien Jacquemont and Clara Moreau: Why brain imaging signatures for autism are so elusive
The field of neuroimaging will need to combine two strategies before it can find patterns of brain activity or structure unique to autism, the researchers say.
A delayed brain response to viewing faces may predict lags in social-skill development in autistic people.
A novel method to evaluate the strength of the evidence linking autism to specific genes could reveal which ones are most useful to screen for.
A test of binocular rivalry may distinguish between autism subtypes and help researchers screen the efficacy of certain drugs.
A mobile phone app that tracks a toddler’s gaze as she watches short videos can distinguish between children who later receive an autism diagnosis and those who do not according to a new study.
The pace of fetal head growth is associated with behavioral outcomes two years later, according to a new study.
Spectrum spoke with three Black scientists about why they got into autism research, what keeps them excited about their work and how the field could become more diverse.