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

October 2021
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Community Newsletter: Conversation analysis, relationship between autism and intellectual disability

by  /  17 October 2021

In this week’s Community Newsletter, we look at a new proof for a method to understand how social interactions are organized and a philosophical thread on polygenic risk scores for autism and intellectual disability.

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Spotted around the web: Sleep disruption, new brain maps, autism and hydrocephalus

by  /  15 October 2021

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 11 October.

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Beyond the bench: A conversation with Mayada Elsabbagh

by  /  13 October 2021

Mayada Elsabbagh talks about her “neurotic scheduling” (and its limits), why she is not active on social media, and her lab’s cookie time.

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How traits relate to brain activity may differ between autistic boys, girls

by  /  11 October 2021

Scientists should heed these differences when considering resting-state brain activity as a biomarker for autism, the researchers say.

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Society for Neuroscience reverses refund policy for in-person conference registrants

by  /  11 October 2021

Those who no longer wish to attend the virtual meeting of the Society for Neuroscience (SfN) can request registration fee refunds, SfN announced after a social media outcry.

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Community Newsletter: Twitter on autistic burnout, resting-state research, long-haul publishing

by  /  10 October 2021

In this week’s Community Newsletter, we look at a study that tapped Twitter for insight on autistic burnout, a commentary on giving resting-state research a rest and some reassurance for early-career researchers on how long it takes to publish new work.

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Annimation of eye tracking application following the pupil in a man's eye.

Web app tracks pupil size in people, mice

by  /  8 October 2021

The app relies on artificial intelligence and could help researchers standardize studies of pupil differences in autistic people and in mouse models of autism.

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Empty conference hall in blue light.

Society for Neuroscience cancels in-person meeting

The decision comes after a Spectrum survey found that most autism researchers did not plan to attend in person.

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Young child at a medical check-up.

Missed check-ups, delayed autism diagnoses among low-income children

by  /  6 October 2021

Autistic children from low-income families are diagnosed about eight months later than their wealthier peers, a new analysis of insurance claims in Virginia shows.

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Few autism researchers plan to attend conferences in person this year: Survey

by ,  /  4 October 2021

As academic conferences resume the option to attend in person, alongside virtual sessions, many autism researchers say they face a difficult choice.

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