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

June 2023
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Spectrum Launch: Four tips for advancing your career via social media

by  /  7 June 2023

Researchers also share insight into navigating the academic job market and “everything you wanted to know about running a lab but were afraid to ask.”

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Community Newsletter: Replication fail; autism diagnostic pathways

by  /  4 June 2023

Scientists on social media this week discussed a failed attempt to replicate some functional MRI results and children’s journeys to an autism diagnosis in the United Kingdom.

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Week of MayMay
29th
2023

Spotted around the web: Rat headphones; INSAR sessions online; TAOK1 gene

by  /  2 June 2023

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 29 May.

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Social communication and developmental disorders with Connie Kasari

by  /  1 June 2023

In this episode of “Synaptic,” Kasari talks about the need for inclusion in educating autistic children, what drew her into the autism research field, and growing up on the family farm.

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May 2023
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Debate remains over changes in DSM-5 a decade on

by  /  31 May 2023

Changes to the DSM-5’s diagnostic criteria for autism were meant to add clarity, but they also generated new questions.

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Community Newsletter: ‘Scammer participants’; dopamine receptor structures

by  /  28 May 2023

A potential threat to the integrity of data collected online and an analysis of the structure and function of dopamine receptors caught researchers’ attention on social media this week.

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Week of MayMay
22nd
2023

Spotted around the web: Brain connectivity; microglia; ketamine

by  /  26 May 2023

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 22 May.

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Nerve regeneration paper retracted over faked data

by  /  24 May 2023

The paper marks the second retraction for one of the co-authors.

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Neuroscience journal retracts 13 papers at once

by  /  22 May 2023

The papers were flagged by a method that has now been called into question.

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Community Newsletter: 3D motion tool; Imaging Neuroscience announcement

by  /  21 May 2023

This week on social media, scientists discussed a new tool to quantify motion in 3D and responded to the announcement of the launch of Imaging Neuroscience.

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