Tag: empathy

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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September 2011
Opinion

Down by law

by  /  27 September 2011

A new study finds that Dutch children picked up by the police for minor offenses score higher than controls on a questionnaire measuring traits of autism.

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News

Clinical research: Oxytocin alleviates social anxiety

by  /  14 September 2011

Individuals with fragile X syndrome make slightly more eye contact in stressful social situations after taking oxytocin compared with placebo.

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August 2011
Opinion

Laugh factory

by  /  26 August 2011

College students prefer the laughter of children with autism to that of typical children. This suggests that laughter may help children with the disorder connect with others.

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Opinion

Social space

by  /  16 August 2011

People with autism aren’t the only ones who struggle to assume the perspective of others. Typical young people who are socially adept have good spatial skills — but only when asked to see things from the perspective of human-like objects.

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News

Cognition and behavior: People with autism don’t blink in sync

by  /  9 August 2011

Unlike typical controls, adults with autism do not synchronize their eye blinks with those of other people, according to a study published in the July issue of Neuropsychologia.

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