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

February 2023
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Spectrum Launch: What the earliest early-career researchers contribute to the autism field

by  /  6 February 2023

High school interns don’t just gain new skills — they also form a pipeline of future scientists.

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Community Newsletter: Autism assessment; cognitive aging; metabolic diseases

by  /  5 February 2023

Discussion among autism researchers on Twitter this week swirled around how well pediatricians assess the condition, how it affects cognitive aging and how it alters cardiometabolic disease risk.

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Week of JanuaryJan
30th
2023

Spotted around the web: Brain morphology; mild 22q11.2 effects; eugenics apology

by ,  /  3 February 2023

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 30 January.

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Headshot of Johnny Matson, former editor-in-chief of Research in Developmental Disabilities and Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders.

Prolific autism researcher has two dozen papers retracted

by  /  2 February 2023

Elsevier’s retractions focus on peer review and conflicts of interest.

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January 2023
A photograph of a person preparing for an fMRI scan

Head motion mars most fMRI results, even after correction

by  /  30 January 2023

A new measure shows how greatly movement influences associations between traits and brain activity, revealing abundant false positives and false negatives.

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Community Newsletter: Better measurement; Rett rescue; interactomes; social touch

by  /  29 January 2023

Conversation took off this week around precision in neuroscience measurements, a new strategy to rescue Rett neurons, autism insights from protein interactomes, and mechanisms of touch perception.

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Week of JanuaryJan
23rd
2023

Spotted around the web: Birth cohort research; DNA methylation; medical marijuana

by ,  /  27 January 2023

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 23 January.

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A multiracial group of schoolchildren sit at their desks in class.

Racial, economic disparities skew New Jersey data on autism, intellectual disability

by  /  26 January 2023

Serious differences in autism identification persist, according to an analysis of autistic children in New Jersey over 16 years.

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Three groups of people meet and mix at a crossroads.

Autism research at the crossroads

by  /  25 January 2023

The power struggle between researchers, autistic self-advocates and parents is threatening progress across the field.

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Three groups of people meet and mix at a crossroads.

Divisions over ABA

by  /  25 January 2023

Applied behavior analysis, the most common intervention for children diagnosed with autism, is the subject of an intense debate between practitioners and neurodiversity advocates.

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