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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.

Week of JanuaryJan

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.

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.

January 2023
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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.

Week of JanuaryJan

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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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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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.

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.