Tag: social reward

November 2018
A single ecstasy pill on a blue background.
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Distinct brain pathway underlies ecstasy’s social effects

by  /  5 November 2018

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

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August 2018
One gray mouse sniffs another in an enclosure.
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Study revives serotonin as target for autism treatments

by  /  8 August 2018

Boosting the levels of the chemical messenger serotonin makes mice that model autism more social — and brings new hope to a shelved theory in autism.

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July 2018
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Reward-system differences may underlie multiple autism features

by  /  30 July 2018

The brain’s system for sensing pleasure and reward shows unusual activation patterns and an atypical structure in people with autism.

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Rat squeaks may reveal autism gene’s role in communication

by  /  2 July 2018

Rats with a mutation in CACNA1C, a gene linked to autism, make fewer happy squeaks while playing than controls do, and ignore other rats’ requests to play.

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June 2018
Week of JuneJun
18th
2018
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New health handbook; evidence imbalance; social motivation and more

by  /  22 June 2018

The latest manual of international disease codes is out, a franchise claims to have an autism cure, and two reports diverge on the validity of the social-motivation hypothesis.

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March 2018
Opinion / Viewpoint

Peer partners help students with autism join playground fun

by  /  6 March 2018

In a new program, teachers recruit typical students to help children with autism play during recess.

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February 2018
Week of FebruaryFeb
5th
2018
News / Spotted

Political scientists; folate block; mutational mosaic and more

by  /  9 February 2018

Scientists campaign for elected office in record numbers, folate autoantibodies are common in autism families, and neurons form a genetic mosaic in the brain.

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December 2017
students in subway taking notes
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New York program transports children with autism to their passion

by  /  22 December 2017

In a New York City after-school program, children with autism build social skills through a shared interest in trains.

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November 2017
Week of NovemberNov
6th
2017
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Ethnicity influence; human-brained rodents; graduate drain and more

by  /  10 November 2017

Black parents are less likely than white parents to report concerns about autism features in their children, human brain organoids in rodent bodies raise ethical concerns, and science graduate programs in the United States have few American students.

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October 2017
Week of OctoberOct
16th
2017
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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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