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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: learning

March 2015

Treatment eases fragile X symptoms in flies, mice

by  /  9 March 2015

Blocking an enzyme involved in learning and memory corrects brain abnormalities and improves memory in fly and mouse models of fragile X syndrome.

February 2015
Young girl reading a book

Questions for Elizabeth Berry-Kravis: Measuring drug effects

by  /  17 February 2015

Drugs designed to treat fragile X syndrome have yet to show substantial benefits in people. But rather than abandon them, child neurologist Elizabeth Berry-Kravis suggests a new way to measure their effectiveness.


Children with autism sweat over lack of rewards

by  /  3 February 2015

Children with autism don’t find social situations as rewarding as their peers do, according to a popular theory. A new study suggests they instead have trouble adjusting expectations when awaiting a reward that never comes.

January 2015

Surplus of synapses may stunt motor skills in autism

by  /  5 January 2015

An overabundance of neuronal connections in the brains of people with autism may contribute to the motor impairments associated with the disorder.

November 2014

For behavioral therapy, location is key

by  /  28 November 2014

Behavioral interventions that are led by parents and learned at home can improve autism symptoms in toddlers.


Learning difficulties mark male mice with autism mutation

by  /  19 November 2014

Deletion of an autism-linked chromosomal region leads to learning problems in male mice but not in females, according to unpublished results presented yesterday at the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

September 2014

New therapy shows promise for infants with signs of autism

by  /  25 September 2014

A new interaction-based therapy delivered by parents may improve behavior and language skills in infants with autism symptoms, suggests a small pilot study.

July 2014

Language grows in diverse ways in children with autism

by  /  11 July 2014

The language abilities of children with autism vary widely in early childhood, but become more predictable after age 6, reports a 17-year study.


Mouse study nails neurons that trigger repetitive behavior

by  /  10 July 2014

A “beautiful” new study traces a complex repetitive behavior in a mouse model of autism to a subset of neurons in one brain region.

June 2014

Molecular mechanisms: Fragile X gene tied to cocaine effects

by  /  24 June 2014

The protein missing in fragile X syndrome is necessary for mice to respond to the stimulant cocaine, according to a study published 7 May in Neuron.