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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: theory of mind

May 2016

Reactions from IMFAR 2016

by  /  14 May 2016

Scientists give their perspectives on work presented at the 2016 International Meeting for Autism Research.

April 2016

Living between genders

by  /  13 April 2016

‘Trans’ people with autism express a gender at odds with societal expectations, or reject the male-female divide entirely. Many are breaking new ground on how identity is defined — and what it means to also have autism.

May 2015

Scientists discuss selfhood in autism

by  /  6 May 2015

A study on abnormal personal pronoun use among deaf children with autism raises questions about the essence of ‘self.’ But do differences in how we refer to ourselves suggest unique internal experiences?

March 2015

What singing aloud reveals about autism

by  /  24 March 2015

People with autism feel overly embarrassed for other people, offering a clue to why they struggle with empathy.

November 2014

Social brain is duped by fake personal interactions

by  /  17 November 2014

Believing that you’re involved in a live interaction, even when you’re not, is enough to activate the social brain, according to unpublished work presented today at the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

October 2014

Game tests theory of mind in autism, intellectual disability

by  /  7 October 2014

A simple game that requires few language skills may help researchers assess theory of mind in children who have autism and intellectual disability, a new study finds.

August 2014

Uta and Chris Frith: A partnership of the mind

by  /  28 August 2014

British psychologist Uta Frith has singlehandedly transformed our understanding of autism. In partnership with her husband, neuroimaging expert Chris Frith, she helped launch the field of cognitive neuroscience and shaped a generation of scientists.

June 2014

Clinical research: Extra X impairs awareness of others’ minds

by  /  13 June 2014

Girls and boys born with an extra X chromosome both tend to have difficulties understanding the minds of others, but for different reasons than children with autism do, according to a study published 22 March in Genes, Brain and Behavior.

April 2014

New tests extend prospects for ‘reading the mind in the eyes’

by  /  8 April 2014

Researchers have revamped a screen for ‘mind blindness’ — an impaired understanding of others’ intentions and perspectives — which is a key deficit in autism. The revised test may shed light on how autism develops.

March 2014
Image of a brain with left and right hemisphere in different colors.

Cognition and behavior: Brain symmetry atypical in autism

by  /  28 March 2014

People with autism show diminished language activity in the left halves of their brains but otherwise show typical specialization between hemispheres, according to a study published 6 February in Molecular Autism.