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Tag: emotion processing

January 2013
News / Toolbox

Conversation with avatar teaches social skills

by  /  2 January 2013

In a virtual reality game intended to improve social skills in teenagers with autism, the players must ask computer avatars the right questions while seeming engaged in the conversation. The game was described 27 September in IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering.

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December 2012
News

Cognition and behavior: Gender influences autism symptoms

by  /  5 December 2012

Men with autism struggle with attention to detail and dexterity, according to a study published 17 October in PLoS One. Men and women with the disorder both have trouble with social skills, however.

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November 2012
News

Cognition and behavior: Corpus callosum disrupted in autism

by  /  27 November 2012

Nearly half of children with malformation of the corpus callosum, which links the two hemispheres of the brain, have symptoms of autism, according to a study published 5 October in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

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News

Cognition and behavior: Emotions confuse adults with autism

by  /  16 November 2012

Adults with autism are less specific and less reliable than controls at recognizing emotions from facial expressions, according to a study published 27 September in Neuropsychologia.

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News

Cognition and behavior: Autism families see things differently

by  /  7 November 2012

Family members of individuals with autism process faces and scenes differently than do controls, according to two new studies, one of them published in October. This suggests that visual processing may be an autism endophenotype — a measurable symptom that represents part of the genetic risk of a disorder.

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October 2012
News

Imaging techniques capture real-world social interaction

by  /  18 October 2012

Three new approaches to brain imaging, presented Tuesday at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in New Orleans, allow researchers to probe how the brain responds to social situations.

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News

Neurons in the amygdala have specialized functions

by  /  16 October 2012

The amygdala, an almond-shaped nub of brain tissue that processes emotions, has specialized neurons that respond to facial expressions and eye contact, according to unpublished work presented Monday at the 2012 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in New Orleans.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

A call for open-science approaches in autism research

by  /  16 October 2012

Sharing data and tools is universally efficient, but the study of autism in particular presents challenges that can benefit from an open-science framework, says Randy Buckner.

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News

Clinical research: Maternal depression linked to mild autism

by  /  16 October 2012

Women who have a history of bipolar disorder or depression are more likely to have a child with Asperger syndrome than classic autism, according to a study published in the 2012 issue of Autism Research and Treatment.

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News

Researchers question meaning of ‘resting state’ in autism

by  /  15 October 2012

Many researchers have reported atypical brain connectivity in people with autism lying passively in a brain scanner. But those differences may be the result of what participants are thinking about, rather than of an underlying neural defect, according to a poster presented Sunday at the 2012 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in New Orleans.

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