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

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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Week of JanuaryJan
25th
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News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Coronavirus disruptions to healthcare, mice on LSD, controversy over cell interiors

by  /  29 January 2021

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 25 January.

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Motion-capture videos reveal atypical grooming in fragile X rats

by  /  27 January 2021

A Hollywood-inspired video tool that captures movement in three dimensions over extended time periods shows that rats lacking the autism-linked gene FMR1 have different grooming patterns than controls do.

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Opinion / Reviews

Book Review: ‘Nobody’s Normal’ chronicles the intertwined history of mental illness and stigma

by  /  26 January 2021

Anthropologist and autism expert Richard Roy Grinker’s latest title reveals how our definitions of mental illnesses and notions of ‘normality’ reek of cultural biases that stop many from seeking help.

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Community newsletter: Autism acceptance training and autistic driver research

by  /  24 January 2021

Twitter had a lot to say about a study suggesting that autistic drivers have similar or even slightly lower rates of vehicle crashes.

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Week of JanuaryJan
18th
2021
News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Suicide rates, TCF4, rapid screening, face masks in an MRI

by  /  22 January 2021

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 18 January.

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Highlights, missed opportunities: SfN by the tweets

by  /  15 January 2021

Participants video chatted and tweeted their way through the Society for Neuroscience’s three-day virtual conference this week.

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Features / Deep Dive

The promise of scientific partnerships with people on the spectrum

by  /  14 January 2021

Five collaborations involving autistic scientists and experts are advancing autism research, from lending support for theories of the condition to shoring up trials of new treatments.

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Studies hint at effects of aging on autistic brains

by  /  12 January 2021

People with autism or autism traits may be especially vulnerable to brain aging and cognitive decline, two studies suggest.

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Community newsletter: Subjective perception, plus autism’s double empathy problem

by  /  10 January 2021

An fMRI scan can reconstruct a picture from a person’s brain activity, but that image changes depending on a person’s attention.

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