Tag: social deficits

December 2019
A single ecstasy pill on a blue background.
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Distinct brain pathway underlies ecstasy’s social effects

by  /  11 December 2019

The drug popularly known as ecstasy may boost sociability through brain circuits distinct from that underlying its ‘high.’

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Mice with autism mutation may be indifferent to social scents

by  /  5 December 2019

Neurons in mice that lack an autism gene called CNTNAP2 do not differentiate well between social and nonsocial smells — an issue that seems to stem from haphazard neuronal firing.

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November 2019
Child hesitating in front of a giant eye showing areas of the brain, facial recognition and other connections related to sight.
Opinion / Viewpoint

Seeing connections between autism and blindness

by  /  12 November 2019

Autism is unusually common among people with congenital blindness, in part because the ability to see drives much of brain development.

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October 2019
UBE3A
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Rat model mimics communication problems in Angelman syndrome

by  /  23 October 2019

Rats missing UBE3A, the gene mutated in people with Angelman syndrome, squeak frequently but tend not to be responsive to the play and squeaks of other rats.

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Cesarean sections may leave young brains vulnerable to injury

by  /  22 October 2019

Delivery by cesarean section leads to subtle brain and behavioral alterations in mice, particularly those delivered prematurely.

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Mice with autism mutation reflect social difficulties seen in people

by  /  21 October 2019

A new autism mouse model carries the same mutation in a gene called ADNP that is seen in autistic people.

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Single seizure may have long-lasting effects on brain

by  /  21 October 2019

A single seizure early in life leads to enduring behavioral problems, including diminished sociability, in mice.

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Mock flu triggers changes in brain, behavior of monkeys

by  /  20 October 2019

Marmosets exposed to a mock infection in the womb have altered vocal development and diminished social interest; exposed macaques show changes in brain structure and function.

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Features / Deep Dive

Getting at the heart of autism

by  /  9 October 2019

Cardiac activity could reveal autism’s physiology and confirm a hunch many clinicians share: that people with autism experience great stress.

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September 2019
row of babies playing with toys that look like genome sequence
Opinion / Viewpoint

Studies of tuberous sclerosis may shed light on biology of autism

by  /  24 September 2019

Tuberous sclerosis provides a unique opportunity to understand autism because about half of people with that single-gene condition also have autism.

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