The double empathy theory challenges the idea that social difficulties are specific to autism and suggests that problems arise from a mismatch in perspective between autistic and non-autistic people.
Spectrum: Autism Research News
Neurons in mice with an autism-linked mutation sprout extraneous protrusions, an overgrowth accompanied by above-average motor learning. Inhibiting a cell signaling pathway reverses the effect.
Community Newsletter: Online theory-of-mind test, strengths-based autism diagnosis, mapping trajectories
In this week’s Community Newsletter, we dissect a new online version of the Frith-Happé test, a strengths-based diagnostic approach, and autistic children’s trajectories after diagnosis.
A transplant of inhibitory neurons during the second week of life prevents social difficulties and a brain signaling imbalance in mice missing a copy of FOXG1.
A mutation in the autism-linked gene SHANK3 changes how neurons encode information about social agency in mice.
In this edition of Null and Noteworthy, researchers open the case on acetaminophen and close it on oxytocin.
Mosaic mutations, which affect only some of the body’s cells, play a small but meaningful role in autism. Though they are difficult to study, researchers are working to master their complexity.
Community Newsletter: Autism and the thalamus, recreational drug use in autistic people, new IACC members
In this week’s Community Newsletter, we discuss the role of the thalamus in autism, recreational drug use by autistic people and the newest lineup of IACC members.
Cross-species comparisons can help make sense of subtle genetic variants in people with autism and identify hundreds of new genes that may contribute to the condition.