Tag: sensory perception

May 2018
Two brains with sections lit up
News

Social smells evoke unusual responses in people with autism

by  /  10 May 2018

People with autism use different brain regions than typical people do to distinguish between the scents of familiar and unfamiliar individuals.

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April 2018
child with brain scan test
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Top autism gene may alter sensory perception

by  /  16 April 2018

An unusual brain response to sound may distinguish children with mutations in SCN2A, a leading candidate gene for autism.

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CASPR2 antibodies (green) bind to sensory neurons that send signals to the spinal cord (right) but not to neurons in the spinal cord (left).
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Loss of autism gene makes mice sensitive to pain

by  /  9 April 2018

Mice lacking CNTNAP2, a gene strongly linked to autism, are acutely sensitive to pain.

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March 2018
Features / Deep Dive

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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January 2018
child's hand touching running water
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Sensory sensitivity may share genetic roots with autism

by  /  17 January 2018

The heritable factors that underlie autism may overlap with those that influence unusual sensory responses.

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December 2017
Week of DecemberDec
18th
2017
News / Spotted

Research priorities; adult reading; prevalence update and more

by  /  22 December 2017

The advocacy organization Autism Speaks releases its three-year strategic research plan, a new autism journal is slated for 2019, and updated U.S. developmental disability prevalence numbers are published.

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diagram of scent tool. woman using scent tool
News

Men with autism may misread social cues in body odors

by  /  21 December 2017

Men with autism may respond differently to human odors — and the social signals that they contain — than do their neurotypical peers.

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Week of DecemberDec
11th
2017
News / Spotted

Regression review; gendered association; model tribute and more

by  /  15 December 2017

A sweeping analysis covers evidence of regression in autism, gender dysphoria is linked to autism features, and animal models of autism receive full treatment in a special tribute.

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Opinion / Reviews

Review: ‘Uncommon Sense’ exquisitely explores autism’s sensory experiences

by  /  5 December 2017

The play dexterously depicts the struggles — sensory and social — of four characters who occupy distinct places on the autism spectrum.

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November 2017
child sticking tongue out and making a face while holding chopsticks
News

In autism, food quirks show up in social brain areas

by  /  15 November 2017

Young adults with autism who have intense sensitivity to taste show increased activation in social areas of the brain when they taste something sweet.

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