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Tag: emotion processing

August 2012
News

Cognition and behavior: Words bias impressions in autism

by  /  24 August 2012

Individuals with autism rely more on words than on facial expressions when interpreting social cues, and this may result from low activity in two brain regions, according to a paper published 22 June in PLoS One.

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Opinion

Broken mirrors

by  /  17 August 2012

Research into the ability of children with autism to imitate has produced contradictory results: Some studies find that those with the disorder have difficulty imitating people, whereas others find no problems. A new study explores why.

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News

Cognition and behavior: Serotonin may alter emotion response

by  /  15 August 2012

Lowering blood levels of the amino acid tryptophan, a precursor to the chemical messenger serotonin, changes how the autism brain responds to emotions, according to a report published 4 June in PLoS One.

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July 2012
Opinion

Music’s meaning

by  /  24 July 2012

People with autism respond emotionally to music, they just have trouble expressing it, according to a study in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

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News / Profiles

Charles Nelson: Searching for early signs of autism

by  /  23 July 2012

Charles Nelson, who famously showed that social deprivation damages the developing brain, is analyzing brain waves in babies to study how different genetic risk factors might lead to autism.

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News

Genetics: Study links MET gene to emotion recognition

by  /  6 July 2012

Researchers have linked the ability to recognize emotions from facial expressions to MET, a well-known autism gene, according to a study published 27 April in PLoS ONE.

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June 2012
News

Molecular mechanisms: Language neurons small in autism

by  /  13 June 2012

Neurons that activate signals in a brain region important for language and imitation are smaller in the brains of individuals with autism than in those of controls, according to a study published 31 March in Acta Neuropathology.

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March 2012
News

Cognition and behavior: Brain changes tied to autism severity

by  /  16 March 2012

Adults with autism have regional differences in brain volume in areas that play a role in social behavior and communication compared with controls, according to a large study published in the February issue of Archives of General Psychiatry. The differences correlate with the severity of autism symptoms, the study also shows.

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Cognition and behavior: Study probes speech processing

by  /  7 March 2012

Children with autism activate more brain regions than controls do when listening to tonal inflections in speech that convey meaning. The findings were published 19 December in Child Neuropsychology.

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January 2012
Opinion

Love story

by  /  17 January 2012

Can people with autism, who lack the ability to understand others’ thoughts and feelings, fall in love?

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