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

November 2019
A scientist protesting Brexit holds a "Science needs EU" banner on a march in London
News

Brexit threatens progress of large autism studies

by  /  7 November 2019

The United Kingdom’s exit from the European Union would endanger continent-wide collaborations.

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Privacy concerns about mental health apps highlight need for regulation

by  /  6 November 2019

Dozens of apps are marketed to people with mental health conditions, including autism, and many violate the users’ privacy. Some researchers are finding a better way.

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Opinion / Viewpoint

Why it’s time to be honest about autistic women and sex

by  /  5 November 2019

Misinformation about autistic women and sex is common in the scientific community. A study published this year is a case in point.

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October 2019
Week of OctoberOct
21st
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News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Week of 21 October 2019

by  /  25 October 2019

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 21 October.

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News

Takeaways from SfN 2019

by  /  24 October 2019

Thousands of research presentations, five days: Spectrum looks back at the 2019 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Chicago.

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News

Augmented-reality app brings research images to life

by  /  22 October 2019

A new mobile app enhances scientific images by displaying augmented-reality renderings of the complete data over printed figures.

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Most people underestimate risk of others’ access to their biological data

by  /  20 October 2019

People in the United States view certain personal information, such as their social security number, as more sensitive than data about their physical or mental well-being.

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Cerebellum brain cells, light micrograph.
Opinion / Q&A

U.S. initiative grapples with ethical questions on brain research

by  /  19 October 2019

Khara Ramos explains how the Brain Initiative incorporates the emerging field of ‘neuroethics’ into the research it funds.

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Week of OctoberOct
14th
2019
News / Spotted

Spotted around the web: Week of 14 October 2019

by  /  18 October 2019

Here is a roundup of news and research for the week of 14 October.

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News

Reactions from SfN 2019

by  /  17 October 2019

Spectrum heads to Chicago to cover the 2019 Society for Neuroscience meeting.

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