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

August 2022
Week of AugustAug

Spotted around the web: Antidepressants, PAX5 mutations, preprints

by ,  /  19 August 2022

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 15 August.

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Novel protocol captures autism voices across the spectrum

by  /  17 August 2022

Interview techniques that cater to a range of communication abilities can elicit the perspectives of autistic youth with cognitive and verbal challenges.


Community Newsletter: EEG software impact, Neuropixels probe, prenatal pollution

by  /  14 August 2022

Scientists took to Twitter to talk shop this week about how the software used to process electroencephalography signals can influence results, Neuropixels probes can record from human brain cells, and prenatal exposure to pollution and stress might affect autism risk.

Week of AugustAug

Spotted around the web: Neuroscience tools, cerebellar enhancers, private equity

by , ,  /  12 August 2022

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 8 August.

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Pathological demand avoidance in autism, explained

by  /  11 August 2022

Some clinicians say the term describes a subtype of autism, but others dispute its validity and say it is harmful to the autistic community.

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Australia drafts guideline for supporting autistic children

by  /  9 August 2022

Government-convened experts laid out 84 recommendations, with a particular focus on affirming neurodiversity and embracing human rights.

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Community Newsletter: Whole-genome sequencing from Korea, a question of causality, early milestones

by  /  7 August 2022

It’s not quite back-to-school time, but the chatter on Twitter had us feeling nostalgically collegiate with deep dives into three studies and a philosophical conversation about language and thought.

Week of AugustAug

Spotted around the web: Antipsychotic side effects, online training, protein predictions

by  /  5 August 2022

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 1 August.

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Spectrum Launch: How to break down biases in neuroscience

by  /  4 August 2022

Through a website called Stories of Women in Neuroscience, Nancy Padilla-Coreano aims to shift biases in the field, one conversation at a time.

July 2022
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Community Newsletter: Animal modeling, cannabis and autism, a new editor-in-chief

by  /  31 July 2022

Twitter was not quiet as a mouse this week over two animal studies, a survey of cannabis use by autistic people, and a big announcement from the Journal of Neuroscience.