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Tag: social difficulties

June 2020

Meet the autistic scientists redefining autism research

by  /  10 June 2020

Growing ranks of researchers on the spectrum are overcoming barriers — from neurotypical bias to sensory sensitivities — to shape autism science.

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Autism traits in childhood linked to eating disorders in adolescence

by  /  4 June 2020

Children with social difficulties are more likely than those without to develop problems with eating by age 14.

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May 2020

Extra proteins alter microglia and behavior in mice

by  /  29 May 2020

The overproduction of proteins in brain cells called microglia causes social impairments, cognitive deficits and repetitive behavior in male mice, a new study has found.

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Illustration: a person faces a computer screen, away from the viewer, while ominous profiles of people surround them, looking inward.

Radical online communities and their toxic allure for autistic men

by  /  13 May 2020

Isolated from their peers, some autistic men get drawn into extremist views — and, in rare cases, violence — associated with online groups for ‘celibates.’

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April 2020
White mouse grooming

Gene linked to schizophrenia tied to autism-like behaviors

by  /  23 April 2020

Mice missing DLG2, a protein central to neuronal activity, are anxious, sleep poorly and overgroom themselves.

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Popular autism screening tool is unreliable, study suggests

by  /  2 April 2020

A short, widely used screening survey for autism called the AQ-10 may not be reliable for measuring traits of the condition in the general population.

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Two young women who met in the Action Play theater group and became friends. Lines between the women show their connection.

How people with autism forge friendships

by  /  1 April 2020

Most autistic people want to and can make friends, though their relationships often have a distinctive air.

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March 2020

‘Social brain’ activity may not differ in some autistic people

by  /  16 March 2020

People with autism may have patterns of brain activity that are similar to those in typical people when interpreting social interactions.

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February 2020
Illustration shows child at school seated in chair with bullies all around

How abuse mars the lives of autistic people

by  /  5 February 2020

Many people with autism experience a triad of trauma: neglect at home, abuse from trusted adults and bullying at school or work.

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December 2019
A single ecstasy pill on a blue background.

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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