Tag: sensory perception

August 2018
Little boy with headphones on sits at a table, making a funny face.
News

Proposed revisions to global diagnostic manual for autism raise concerns

by  /  29 August 2018

Many autism researchers express satisfaction with the similarities between the ICD-11 and the DSM-5. But some have raised concerns about ways in which the two diagnostic manuals appear to diverge.

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electrode cap on a styrofoam head model.
News / Toolbox

Multipart device monitors various senses in babies

by  /  17 August 2018

A new assemblage of tools precisely gauges a baby’s biological response to sights, sounds and tactile stimuli all at once.

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July 2018
Week of JulyJul
2nd
2018
News / Spotted

Memory shuttle; fly eyes; gaze avoidance and more

by  /  6 July 2018

A protein proves crucial to spatial memory in mice, genes in the 16p11.2 chromosomal region interact in fruit flies’ eye development, and having more autism features tracks with decreased responsiveness to direct gaze.

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May 2018
Two brains with sections lit up
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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
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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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