Why Are Kids with Autism Less Social Than Peers?

Why Are Kids with Autism Less Social Than Peers?

In a new study, researchers set out to investigate why children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) tend to be less socially communicative than their typically developing (TD) peers. Their findings, published in the journal Molecular Autism, provide a glimpse into the brain mechanisms behind autism. In recent years, scientists have proposed several hypotheses to help explain why ASD […]

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New dynamic statistical model follows gene expressions over time

New dynamic statistical model follows gene expressions over time

Researchers at Carnegie Mellon University have developed a new dynamic statistical model to visualize changing patterns in networks, including gene expression during developmental periods of the brain. Published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, the model now gives researchers a tool that extends past observing static networks at a single snapshot in time, […]

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Social robot could help autistic adults find work

Social robot could help autistic adults find work

Alyx was designed to help adults with autism recognize social cues – a vital skill in the workplace. Unemployment rates among autistic adults is high – only around 16 percent are in full-time paid work. Researchers in Scotland believe Alyx could help improve that statistic. During a session with Alyx, autistic adults complete a variety […]

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Study shows interventions, though few, can be effective for students with high-functioning autism

Study shows interventions, though few, can be effective for students with high-functioning autism

LAWRENCE — Across the country, more and more young people are being diagnosed as with autism spectrum disorder, including those with high-functioning autism. Yet there is little research into how to help educators serve students with high-functioning autism, especially adolescents in middle and high school settings. New research from the University of Kansas shows that […]

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Autism Affects Reactions To Human Smell, New Research Finds

Autism Affects Reactions To Human Smell, New Research Finds

Studies have already shown that Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) affects the way a person sees and hears the world around them. Now, researchers at the Weizmann Institute of Science in Israel have discovered that individuals with ASD interpret smells (specifically those of human odor) differently from others. The paper was published in the journal Nature Neuroscience earlier this week. True, a human’s sense […]

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