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

July 2021
Ofer Yizhar in his lab, framed by rectangular window and a red background.
Opinion / Q&A

Beyond the Bench: A conversation with Ofer Yizhar

by  /  26 July 2021

When Yizhar isn’t building new tools to study the neural circuits underlying autism and other complex conditions, you can find him playing the piano, shooting photographs or taking long runs in the desert.

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News

Community Newsletter: Controversial ‘cost of autism’ paper, ‘doctors’ speak,’ double empathy explained

by  /  25 July 2021

In this week’s community newsletter, we dissect reactions to an anti-vaccine activist’s controversial paper, how doctors talk about autism and our new double empathy explainer.

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Week of JulyJul
19th
2021
News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Mitochondria, police training, supporting scientists with disabilities

by  /  23 July 2021

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 19 July.

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News

Community Newsletter: Online theory-of-mind test, strengths-based autism diagnosis, mapping trajectories

by  /  18 July 2021

In this week’s Community Newsletter, we dissect a new online version of the Frith-Happé test, a strengths-based diagnostic approach, and autistic children’s trajectories after diagnosis.

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Week of JulyJul
12th
2021
News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Microbiota therapies, face processing in autism, Ninja Training

by , , ,  /  16 July 2021

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 12 July.

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News

Null and Noteworthy: Oxytocin, parental training, outcome assessments

by  /  15 July 2021

In this edition of Null and Noteworthy, researchers open the case on acetaminophen and close it on oxytocin.

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News

Community Newsletter: Autism and the thalamus, recreational drug use in autistic people, new IACC members

by  /  11 July 2021

In this week’s Community Newsletter, we discuss the role of the thalamus in autism, recreational drug use by autistic people and the newest lineup of IACC members.

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Opinion / Q&A

Q&A with Richard Bethlehem: What goes into a Brainhack

by  /  9 July 2021

Brainhack conferences offer talks and hands-on tutorials, and unite small groups of interdisciplinary researchers to work on open-source neuroscience projects.

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Week of JulyJul
5th
2021
News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Cannabinoid receptor, survey snafus, auditory test for autism

by  /  9 July 2021

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 5 July.

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News

Federal autism committee names new members

by  /  7 July 2021

The U.S. government today announced the latest iteration of the Interagency Autism Coordinating Committee, the body of scientists and advocates that helps set priorities for federally funded autism research and services.

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