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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: emotion processing

April 2016

Uncertainty drives anxiety, sensory issues in autism

by  /  8 April 2016

Helping children with autism cope with the unexpected may ease some of their symptoms.

February 2016

The invisible link between autism and anorexia

by  /  17 February 2016

Autism and anorexia may seem to have nothing in common, but below the surface, the two conditions are startlingly similar—and sometimes affect the same person.

November 2015

Rare glimpse of neurons refines understanding of amygdala

by  /  16 November 2015

An unprecedented look at the activity of 223 individual neurons in the amygdala calls into question the longstanding idea that the region recognizes eye contact.

October 2015
Week of OctoberOct

Software solutions; Sesame spectrum

by  /  23 October 2015

An app designed for Google Glass aims to help children with autism recognize emotions, and Sesame Street introduces its first muppet with autism

March 2015

What singing aloud reveals about autism

by  /  24 March 2015

People with autism feel overly embarrassed for other people, offering a clue to why they struggle with empathy.


Flair for faces forecasts future autism severity

by  /  6 March 2015

Children with autism often have difficulty recognizing faces and interpreting emotional expressions. And those who struggle most with this tend to have more severe autism symptoms later on, suggests a new study.

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November 2014

Enriched environment staves off autism-like behavior in rats

by  /  20 November 2014

Rats exposed in utero to the epilepsy drug valproic acid, a risk factor for autism, do not develop autism-like behaviors if they are reared in a stimulating environment. Researchers presented the unpublished findings yesterday at the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C.


Therapy for autism may alter brain activity, behavior

by  /  19 November 2014

After four months of a behavioral therapy known as pivotal response training, children with autism show improved behavior and enhanced activity in brain regions that process social information. Researchers presented these preliminary results from a trial yesterday at the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C.


People subconsciously process emotions early in life

by  /  16 November 2014

By 7 months of age, babies can subconsciously discriminate between happy and fearful emotions by looking only at the eyes of another person, suggest results presented at the 2014 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in Washington, D.C.

July 2014

Pac-Man maze leads children with autism to ‘good’ smiles

by  /  4 July 2014

A computer game based on face recognition helps children with autism feign expressions more convincingly than before.

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