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Tag: emotion processing

November 2013

In autism, small group of neurons attuned unusually to faces

by  /  25 November 2013

A subset of neurons in the amygdala is dedicated to recognizing eyes. But in people with autism, they may respond instead to the mouth, according to a report published 20 November in Neuron.


Williams syndrome reverses patterns of neuronal branching

by  /  12 November 2013

The branching patterns of excitatory neurons in people with Williams syndrome are roughly the opposite of the patterns seen normally, according to unpublished results from a small study presented Monday at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego.


Cognition and behavior: Complex response to faces in autism

by  /  8 November 2013

Two studies published in the past few months suggest that face-processing deficits in people with autism are complex and may depend on the task.

October 2013

Cognition and behavior: Children with autism avoid eyes

by  /  11 October 2013

When trying to recognize a face, children with autism look at the same general features as controls do, but tend to focus on the right eye rather than the left, according to a study published 8 August in the Journal of Vision.

August 2013

Negative result

by  /  30 August 2013

Oxytocin may well have established its reputation as the ‘social hormone’ in the popular imagination, but it has no effect on symptoms in children with autism, according to a study published 26 July in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

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Mind-body movement

by  /  16 August 2013

Children with autism, even those with low intelligence, can improve their self-control by practicing a Chinese mind-body exercise technique, reports a study published 10 July in PLoS One.

July 2013
News / Toolbox

New test looks at emotion recognition without words

by  /  31 July 2013

A clever new test assesses whether someone with autism can recognize emotions from facial expressions without needing to name them. The test was described in the 26 June issue of Frontiers in Psychology.

June 2013
Opinion / Viewpoint

Amygdala and autism’s checkered history

by  /  4 June 2013

To understand the amygdala’s role in autism, researchers should study its connections with other brain structures and explore its role in development, says Ralph Adolphs.

May 2013

Cognition and behavior: People with autism don’t avoid faces

by  /  31 May 2013

When choosing whether to look at a face or an object, children with autism generally pick the same thing controls do, according to a study published 10 April in Frontiers in Psychiatry. The finding contradicts the widely held belief that people with autism tend not to look at faces.  

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February 2013
Opinion / Viewpoint

The 2003 paper proposing signaling imbalance in autism

by ,  /  26 February 2013

In 2003, John Rubenstein and Michael Merzenich first described the theory, now popular in autism, that the disorder reflects an imbalance between excitation and inhibition in the brain. Takao K. Hensch and Parizad M. Bilimoria review the paper and its impact on the field.