Tag: learning

March 2018
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Sensory aspects of speech linked to language issues in autism

by  /  8 March 2018

Language problems in children with autism may be partially rooted in an inability to integrate sight and sound when other people talk.

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How autism may stem from problems with prediction

by  /  7 March 2018

A ‘predictive coding’ theory of autism suggests that many of the condition’s hallmark traits occur when sensory input overrides expectation in the brain.

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February 2018
Certain genetic regions in mice loosen their wrapping around support proteins after the animals learn a new task.
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Autism genes abound in DNA regions involved in learning

by  /  22 February 2018

The same processes that enable the brain to store new memories may also control many autism genes.

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January 2018
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Variant analysis may vastly underestimate heritability of autism behaviors

by  /  29 January 2018

Existing genome scans do not detect many of the DNA variants that underlie behavioral problems.

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December 2017
Week of NovemberNov
27th
2017
News / Spotted

Gaze anxieties; college considerations; social chemistry and more

by  /  1 December 2017

Adults on the spectrum explain the problem with eye contact, experts offer tips for students with autism considering college, and men with autism respond differently to the “smell of fear.”

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November 2017
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Missing brain wave may explain language problems in nonverbal autism

by  /  14 November 2017

Nonverbal children with autism don't show the typical wave of brain activity involved in linking objects with their names.

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Grouping people with autism masks variations in visual learning

by  /  14 November 2017

Some young children with autism excel on tests in which they must learn to connect visual cues.

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October 2017
Week of OctoberOct
16th
2017
News / Spotted

Boy bias; incontinence issues; smart search and more

by  /  20 October 2017

A mouse model of autism reveals sex differences in brain function and behavior, incontinence and autism often co-occur, and a new literature search engine summarizes neuroscience hits into interactive visuals.

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September 2017
Week of SeptemberSep
25th
2017
News / Spotted

Genetics do-over; iffy influences; high-tech education and more

by  /  29 September 2017

A re-analysis of data yields an increased estimate for the genetic contribution to autism, how the environment might contribute to autism is hard to pin down, and students on the spectrum describe the benefits of using technology at school.

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Brain, behavior distinguish autism from language delay

by  /  25 September 2017

Babies with autism show behavioral and brain features that differ from those of babies with language delay.

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