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Tag: vocalization

June 2015

New tool sounds out fine points of animal songs and squeaks

by  /  24 June 2015

A new computer program can quickly and accurately characterize bird songs and mouse squeaks — showing, for example, that mouse pups with an autism-linked mutation call out for their mothers differently than normal mice do.

May 2015

Device predicts future word use in toddlers with autism

by  /  15 May 2015

An automated analysis of the speech-like sounds from 3-year-olds with autism predicts their word use four months later, according to unpublished research presented yesterday at the 2015 International Meeting for Autism Research in Salt Lake City, Utah.

March 2015

The social network: How everyday interactions shape autism

by  /  23 March 2015

A new study is the first rigorous test of a controversial idea: that the everyday interactions between caregiver and child can shape the course of autism.


Stunted squeaks signal social deficits in autism model

by  /  5 March 2015

Male mice with a genetic variant linked to autism vocalize less in social situations than controls do during encounters with female mice. The findings help to characterize the effects of variants in the 16p11.2 chromosomal region.

January 2015

Toddlers with autism show few symptoms during brief exams

by  /  23 January 2015

Many toddlers with autism display so few abnormal behaviors during short doctor visits that they may evade the diagnostic eye of even expert clinicians.


Autism gene acts as ‘switch’ for brain development genes

by  /  8 January 2015

The autism-linked gene AUTS2 activates a group of genes that may be important for early brain development. The findings, published 18 December in Nature, hint at AUTS2’s potential role in autism and other developmental disorders.

November 2014

Mouse study sheds light on maternal infection, autism link

by  /  21 November 2014

A new study points to a possible link between inflammation in the womb, brain overgrowth and the behavioral impairments seen in autism.


Feisty mice may reveal autism gene’s link to aggression

by  /  20 November 2014

Varying the number of copies of a single autism-linked gene modulates social behavior and aggression in mice, according to unpublished results presented yesterday at the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

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Mutation boosts paternal age’s autism-like effects in mice

by  /  19 November 2014

Mice born to older males with mutations in PAX6 — a gene involved in brain development — vocalize less than those with younger dads. The unpublished findings, presented today at the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C., suggest how genes and paternal age can work together to trigger symptoms.


Strep infection in pregnant rats causes autism features in pups

by  /  18 November 2014

Infection with group B streptococcus bacteria in pregnant rats triggers brain abnormalities and autism-like behaviors in their pups — especially in males. Researchers presented the unpublished results today at the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C.