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Science & Society

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

November 2018
Portrait of Dr. Michael Gandal in his lab.
Opinion / Q&A

Beyond the bench: A conversation with Michael Gandal

by  /  20 November 2018

Michael Gandal, who studies the genetics of brain conditions, offers unusual advice on team building: Lock everyone up in a room together.

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Ben Barres, a neurobiologist at Stanford University's Medical Center, poses for a portrait in his lab in the university's campus in Stanford, Calif., Tuesday, July 11, 2006.
News

Ben Barres: A transgender scientist shares his story

by ,  /  14 November 2018

Ben Barres agonized over whether to come out as male or commit suicide. In a posthumous memoir, he makes clear that coming out was the right choice.

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Drawing shows robot making a surprised face to mimic human emotion.
Opinion / Viewpoint

Intelligent robots could prove to be a boon for autism therapies

by ,  /  13 November 2018

Robots may one day help therapists analyze behaviors and devise personalized sessions for autistic children.

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View of San Diego in twilight.
News

Takeaways from SfN 2018

by  /  12 November 2018

After the presentation of more than 14,000 abstracts over five days, the Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego ended last week.

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A collage shows a black and white portrait of Russian doGrunya Efimovna Sukhareva on a colored background.
Features / Deep Dive

How history forgot the woman who defined autism

by  /  7 November 2018

Grunya Sukhareva characterized autism nearly two decades before Austrian doctors Leo Kanner and Hans Asperger. So why did the latter get all the credit?

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Infant in fnirs cap, wrapped in blankets.
News

Study tracks social brain development in African infants

by  /  7 November 2018

An inexpensive, noninvasive method can track social brain development in infants in low-resource countries.

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Illustration shows Austria lagging behind Germany--doctors and researchers are taking bigger steps in Germany.
Opinion / Viewpoint

How Austria can restore its status as a center of autism research

by  /  6 November 2018

Austria must train more autism specialists, expand its research funding and build more centers for autism diagnosis and treatment.

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reflection on office window glass of two men shaking hands.
Opinion

Autistic people should be valued for their strengths in the workplace

by ,  /  5 November 2018

Just 16 percent of adults with autism are in full-time paid employment, and those who do get a job often face discrimination and isolation at work.

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San Diego, California, Cabrillo freeway, plane flying overhead.
News

Reactions from SfN 2018

by  /  1 November 2018

Spectrum heads to San Diego to cover the annual Society for Neuroscience conference.

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October 2018
Opinion / Reviews

Book Review: A mother finds reward in risk

by  /  30 October 2018

In “The Boy Who Loved Too Much,” a woman tries to cocoon her son, who has Williams syndrome, from life’s insults but later realizes her protective instincts carry dangers of their own.

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