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Tag: social reward

January 2017

Webinar: Geoff Bird explores overlap between autism, alexithymia

 /  1 March 2017

Watch the complete replay of Geoff Bird’s webinar on the similarities and differences between autism and alexithymia.

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Technology can curb social exclusion of children with autism

by  /  10 January 2017

Apps, robots and brain imaging can help children with autism improve their social skills and connect with other people.

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Brain scans may forecast effectiveness of autism treatment

by  /  9 January 2017

Patterns of activity in certain brain regions may predict how well a child with autism will respond to a behavioral therapy.

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November 2016

Toddler palace may house clues to social skills in autism

by  /  13 November 2016

A half-hour-long ‘playdate’ between a toddler and an adult could help answer a long-standing question about the social deficits that accompany autism.

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Intense interests may interfere with social development in autism

by  /  13 November 2016

Children with autism may be so consumed by their interests that they don’t pay attention to social information.

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July 2016

Autism gene wires social reward circuits in mouse brains

by  /  14 July 2016

Mice with mutations in SHANK3, a leading autism candidate, may lack the neural wiring that would compel them to seek social contact.

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People with autism can read emotions, feel empathy

by ,  /  12 July 2016

The notion that people with autism lack empathy and cannot recognize other people’s feelings is wrong.

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May 2016

Through play, children with autism can hone thinking skills

by  /  31 May 2016

Clinicians can use play to deliver therapies that could improve a child’s social skills, language and certain cognitive capacities.

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April 2016

Questions for Kay Tye: How loneliness drives social behavior

by  /  19 April 2016

A brain circuit that wires lone mice to seek out social contact may offer clues about autism.

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October 2015

Girls with autism may stop eating to blunt social pain

by  /  19 October 2015

Anorexia sometimes accompanies autism in girls. Refusing food may mute the confusing array of stimuli that is particularly difficult for a girl with autism to handle.

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