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From funding decisions to scientific fraud, a wide range of societal factors shape autism research.

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Community newsletter: Theory of mind, using historical control data for animal research

by  /  7 March 2021
In this week's community newsletter, we discuss the pathways theory of mind activates and a statistical tool to use fewer control animals.
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Week of MarchMar
1st
2021

Spotted around the web: Diagnosing autism in a pandemic, clinical trial recruitment, Ph.D. pay gap

by  /  5 March 2021
Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 1 March.
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Scientists Damien Fair, Constance Hicks-Smith and Brian Boyd

Black autism researchers weigh in on field’s past, future

by  /  3 March 2021
Spectrum spoke with three Black scientists about why they got into autism research, what keeps them excited about their work and how the field could become more diverse.
February 2021
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Community newsletter: Camouflaging, phenotypes, autistic people in academia

by  /  28 February 2021

In this week’s community newsletter, we cover another camouflaging paper and discuss why phenotypes are important in genetics work.

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22nd
2021
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Spotted around the web: Masking traits, virtual diagnoses, new autism-linked genes

by  /  26 February 2021

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 22 February.

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Community newsletter: Anorexia services for autistic women, camouflaging and mental health, INSAR goes virtual again

by  /  21 February 2021

In this week’s community newsletter, we discuss a paper that looked at what autistic women with eating disorders say about services offered to them.

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Week of FebruaryFeb
15th
2021
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Spotted around the web: Sound sensitivity, misunderstanding autism, gut-brain connection

by  /  19 February 2021
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Maria Chahrour and Leah Seyoum-Tesfa framed by a window at Maria's home.
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How two researchers built the first genetics cohort of African children with autism

by  /  16 February 2021

In this recorded interview, Maria Chahrour and Leah Seyoum-Tesfa talk about how they work closely with immigrant communities to increase diversity in genetic studies of autism.

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Community newsletter: All about cognitive flexibility

by  /  14 February 2021

In this week’s community newsletter, we discuss a new paper on cognitive and behavioral flexibility and why it’s important during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Week of FebruaryFeb
8th
2021
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Spotted around the web: Self-report accuracy, ‘The Black Spectrum,’ lab animal allergies

by  /  12 February 2021

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 8 February.

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Community newsletter: Research on camouflaging; a new epigenome

by  /  7 February 2021

In this week’s community newsletter, we talk about a new paper on camouflaging and a thorough human epigenome.

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Week of FebruaryFeb
1st
2021
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Spotted around the web: Gender equity in grants, animal behavior pitfalls, Zoom fatigue

by  /  5 February 2021

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 1 February.

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January 2021
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Community newsletter: Spectrum sparks a literature review; using frogs as models

by  /  31 January 2021

In this week’s community newsletter, read about how Spectrum prompted a literature review, and using Xenopus tropicalis frogs to study autism genes.

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