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September 2022
A mother and child stand, dwarfed by giant alphabet blocks spelling ABA.

Applied behavior analysis and autism: Flawed application of a proven science

by  /  1 September 2022

The field of ABA needs more compassion and individualization.

August 2022
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Community Newsletter: Novel biosensor, mental health needs, autism research’s sex bias

by  /  28 August 2022

A short time ago on Twitter feeds not so far, far away, a new voltage sensor called JEDI-2P (no, it’s not a lightsaber) had users jawing like Jawas, while other threads featured talk of mental health interventions and sex biases in autism research.

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Lumping versus splitting with autism-linked variants: A conversation with Vanessa Vogel-Farley and Yssa DeWoody

by  /  22 August 2022

Researchers have long studied subgroups of people who share genetic variants, but the newly formed ‘CNV Commission’ is also looking at people with shared traits across different neurodevelopmental conditions.


Community Newsletter: PAX5 mutations, rare-disease gene bank, dopamine primer

by  /  21 August 2022

Takeaways from two team-ups titillated Twitter this week — one on the effects of mutations in the PAX5 gene and one linking rare genetic mutations to a large number of diseases and traits. Plus a primer on dopamine with facts about dopamine fasting.


Community Newsletter: EEG software impact, Neuropixels probe, prenatal pollution

by  /  14 August 2022

Scientists took to Twitter to talk shop this week about how the software used to process electroencephalography signals can influence results, Neuropixels probes can record from human brain cells, and prenatal exposure to pollution and stress might affect autism risk.

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Australia drafts guideline for supporting autistic children

by  /  9 August 2022

Government-convened experts laid out 84 recommendations, with a particular focus on affirming neurodiversity and embracing human rights.

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Community Newsletter: Whole-genome sequencing from Korea, a question of causality, early milestones

by  /  7 August 2022

It’s not quite back-to-school time, but the chatter on Twitter had us feeling nostalgically collegiate with deep dives into three studies and a philosophical conversation about language and thought.

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Spectrum Launch: How to break down biases in neuroscience

by  /  4 August 2022

Through a website called Stories of Women in Neuroscience, Nancy Padilla-Coreano aims to shift biases in the field, one conversation at a time.

July 2022
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Community Newsletter: Animal modeling, cannabis and autism, a new editor-in-chief

by  /  31 July 2022

Twitter was not quiet as a mouse this week over two animal studies, a survey of cannabis use by autistic people, and a big announcement from the Journal of Neuroscience.

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Community Newsletter: An ‘unexpected autistic,’ presynaptic optogenetics, neuroanatomy art

by  /  24 July 2022

Heating up Twitter feeds this week was a new commentary about a rarely discussed perspective on autism, talk about the use of optogenetics tools to manipulate ‘presynapses,’ a possible explanation for decision-making differences between the sexes, and a striking illustration of the human brain.