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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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May 2012
Opinion / Viewpoint

Social motivation, reward and the roots of autism

by , ,  /  1 May 2012

Social impairments in autism are likely a consequence of deficits in social motivation that start early in life and have profound developmental consequences, says psychologist Robert Schultz.

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March 2012
News

Cognition and behavior: Mirror neurons age normally in autism

by  /  27 March 2012

Age-related changes to the mirror neuron system — a pathway thought to be involved in empathy — are no different in individuals with autism compared with controls, according to a meta-analysis published 1 February in Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience. The results challenge previous reports that suggest deficits in the mirror neuron system diminish with age in individuals with autism.

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News

Imaging study reveals insula disruption in Williams syndrome

by  /  15 March 2012

A detailed brain imaging study of people with Williams syndrome, a developmental disorder characterized by a highly sociable personality, has found a series of structural, functional and connectivity deficits that converge on a part of the brain called the insula. The findings were published online 12 March in Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.

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February 2012
News

Cognition and behavior: Asperger brains similar across sexes

by  /  8 February 2012

The brains of men and women with Asperger syndrome are more similar than are those of male and female controls, according to a study published in the January issue of the American Journal of Neuroradiology. The results lend support to the ‘extreme male brain’ theory of autism, the researchers say.

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January 2012
News

Cognition and behavior: Blinking measures social interest

by  /  20 January 2012

Toddlers with autism do not anticipate emotional moments in videos of social scenes, unlike controls, according to a study published 27 December in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences. 

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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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December 2011
Opinion

Model empathy

by  /  16 December 2011

Rats possess a surprising sense of empathy, according to research published last week in Science. The findings highlight one more reason why rats, with their complex repertoire of social behavior, may be well suited for autism studies.

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November 2011
Opinion

Measuring monogamy

by  /  18 November 2011

Oxytocin, the so-called ‘love hormone,’ plays a key role in monogamy in rodents, but its association with human relationships is subtle at best.

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October 2011
Opinion

Peer pressure

by  /  25 October 2011

Individuals with autism are no more likely to donate money when being observed than when alone.

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