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Spotted A roundup of autism papers and media mentions you may have missed.

Spotted around the web: Robots, brain pathways, dating apps

by  /  6 March 2020

March 2nd

Research roundup

  • Scans of young people’s brains reveal individual differences in the neural networks that underlie cognition. Neuron
  • Weak connections between brain areas may not be directly responsible for behavioral traits in autistic people. Autism Research
  • The protein filamin A may offer a new target for epilepsy medications. Science Translational Medicine
  • A new clinical syndrome involving intellectual disability and speech delay is linked to mutations in a gene called KAT6A. Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
  • The antipsychotic drug olanzapine may cause structural changes in people’s brains. JAMA Psychiatry
  • In autistic and typical adolescents, anxiety stems from some of the same factors, including negative reactions to uncertainty and difficulty identifying one’s own emotions. The Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry
  • Even at the academic rank of department chair, women in medicine earn less than the men. JAMA Internal Medicine
  • Social isolation and loneliness pose a public-health risk for older Americans. National Academies Press

Science and society

  • Robots using artificial intelligence may help autistic children practice social skills. STAT
  • Several dating apps designed for people with autism have failed. UX Planet
  • Autism advocate Temple Grandin says that schools do not support visual thinkers like her. Springfield News-Leader
  • Robots working in retail stores have been given faces to make them more likable. The New York Times
  • Proposed legislation in Minnesota would require police officers to undergo training in autism awareness. KTSP
  • A writer describes the ‘autistic paradox’ — too atypical to function comfortably in social settings and too typical to attract notice or qualify for accommodations. The Washington Post
  • Maine voters have rejected a ballot proposal to overturn the state’s new law that bans non-medical exemptions for student vaccination. Bangor Daily News
  • The U.S. Food and Drug Administration has banned the use of electrical stimulation devices to control aggressive or self-injurious behavior.

Autism and the arts

  • An exhibit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, features 26 artists with autism or other disabilities. The Star

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