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February 2014
News

Cognition and behavior: Oxytocin may socialize autism brains

by  /  28 February 2014

Treatment with the hormone oxytocin boosts brain activity and improves recognition of emotions in people with autism, according to two small studies published in February.

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News / Toolbox

Virtual joystick shows preference for personal space

by  /  19 February 2014

Children with autism are likely to keep more distance between themselves and a welcoming avatar than controls do in a virtual reality setup, suggesting that they derive less pleasure from social situations, according to a study published 17 January in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

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Opinion

Teenagers with autism avoid exercise

by  /  7 February 2014

Teenagers with autism or other psychiatric disorders are far less likely to exercise or play team sports than their typical peers, reports a Norwegian study published 22 January.

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January 2014
Opinion / Viewpoint

Intense world theory raises intense worries

by ,  /  21 January 2014

The ‘intense world theory’ of autism, which has attracted much interest from the popular press, has received very little academic scrutiny. Uta Frith and Anna Remington ask: Is it as positive as it purports to be, and what does it mean for autism?

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Opinion

Adults with autism can’t discern false emotions

by  /  17 January 2014

Although many adults with autism understand in theory why others may feign emotions, they don’t recognize those expressions, reports a study published 4 December in Autism Research.

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News

Cognition and behavior: Autism brains heightened to senses

by  /  17 January 2014

When exposed to irritating noises or images, children with autism show hypersensitivity in brain regions that process sensory information and emotions, according to a study published in November in the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry.

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December 2013
News

Oxytocin sharpens social response in people with autism

by  /  12 December 2013

Oxytocin, the infamous ‘love hormone,’ may attune the brains of people with autism to respond to social information such as facial expressions, researchers reported 2 December in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. The study boosts oxytocin’s promise for treating the social deficits seen in autism.

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November 2013
News

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.

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News

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.

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News

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.

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