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Science & Society

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

February 2020
Young boys in Oman in a market sit and drink juice
News

Analysis offers first reliable estimate of prevalence in Oman

by  /  3 February 2020

A new study has found that 0.2 percent of children in Oman are on the autism spectrum — an estimate about 15 times higher than the previous one.

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January 2020
stork flying with an alarm clock, dice and a crescent moon
News

The link between parental age and autism, explained

by  /  28 January 2020

Older men and women are more likely than young ones to have a child with autism, but this connection is not straightforward.

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Opinion

Psychology research skews mostly white and wealthy

by ,  /  27 January 2020

For decades, the overwhelming majority of psychology research has examined people who live in the United States and other affluent Western countries — presenting a skewed view of the human mind.

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Week of JanuaryJan
20th
2020
News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Fragile X genetics, postpartum depression, teeth problems

by  /  24 January 2020

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 20 January.

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Black woman in office space, hemmed in by multiple boxes
Opinion / Viewpoint

‘Autistic while black’: How autism amplifies stereotypes

by  /  21 January 2020

A lack of research on black people with autism makes it difficult for an autistic black woman to survive in the workplace and elsewhere.

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Week of JanuaryJan
13th
2020
News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Week of 13 January 2020

by  /  17 January 2020

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 13 January.

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Week of JanuaryJan
6th
2020
News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Week of 6 January 2020

by  /  10 January 2020

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 6 January.

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Week of DecemberDec
30th
2019
News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Week of 30 December 2019

by  /  3 January 2020

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

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December 2019
Illustration shows two people communicating, word bubble above head show that one person is getting less information.
Features / Special Reports / 2019: Year in review

Quotes of the year

23 December 2019

In our favorite quotes from stories we published this year, researchers jump for joy, put themselves in parents’ shoes and contemplate the weirdness of the genome.

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Features / Special Reports / 2019: Year in review

In case you missed them: Spectrum’s standout stories from 2019

23 December 2019

Here are seven Spectrum stories from this year that deserve a close look.

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