Skip to main content

Tag: empathy

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.

0 Comments
November 2013
Opinion / Reviews

Book review: Meet one person with autism

by  /  15 November 2013

Taken at face value, a new translated memoir by a child with severe autism suggests that our official consensus needs a rethink, writes clinical psychologist William Mandy.
 

23 Comments
September 2013
Opinion

Infectious yawns

by  /  17 September 2013

Children with autism tend to miss the facial cues that make yawning contagious, suggests a study published 22 July in Autism Research and Treatment.

0 Comments
January 2013
News

Cognition and behavior: Autism dads struggle with empathy

by  /  22 January 2013

Families of individuals with autism may share their abnormal patterns of brain activation, according to a study published 3 December in Molecular Autism.

0 Comments
December 2012
News

Treatments: In the waiting room

by  /  6 December 2012

After years of making do with drugs developed for other conditions, doctors and scientists are eagerly pursuing drugs that target the social symptoms of autism.

1 Comment
November 2012
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.

0 Comments
October 2012
News

Famous ‘rubber hand illusion’ eludes children with autism

by  /  17 October 2012

Children with autism are less susceptible to an illusion involving sight and touch, according to unpublished research presented Monday at the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in New Orleans.

0 Comments
September 2012
Opinion / Viewpoint

Insights for autism from Williams syndrome

by  /  18 September 2012

Studying the well-characterized Williams syndrome could help researchers understand autism and discover new therapeutic targets, says Andreas Meyer-Lindenberg.

3 Comments
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.

0 Comments
June 2012
News

Clinical research: Genetic variant improves effects of oxytocin

by  /  15 June 2012

Men with a common autism-linked variant of CD38, a gene that regulates levels of the ‘trust hormone’ oxytocin, benefit more from the hormone than do those with other variants, according to a study published in the May issue of Neuropsychopharmacology.

0 Comments