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Video: “Bad” autism animal models

by  /  18 October 2009

Tracy Bale, associate professor of neuroscience at the University of Pennsylvania, studies how maternal stress during pregnancy might lead to neuropsychiatric diseases, such as schizophrenia or autism.

After a Saturday morning session at the Society for Neuroscience conference in Chicago, she talked about what she calls her “big soapbox issue”: the fallacious idea of a true animal model for a human psychiatric disease — and the pitfalls of over-interpreting rodent behavior.