Oxytocin may well have established its reputation as the ‘social hormone’ in the popular imagination, but it has no effect on symptoms in children with autism, according to a study published 26 July in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
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Children with both autism and language impairment have similar trouble suppressing their reflexes and avoiding distractions during a visual task compared with language-impaired children without autism, according to a study published in the January issue of Developmental Science.
Infants who are later diagnosed with autism are less attentive to the presence of a person onscreen at 6 months of age than their typically developing peers are, according to a study published 14 January in Biological Psychiatry.
Members of families that have multiple children with autism have more features of the disorder than do those from families that have only one child with autism, according to a study published 2 November in the Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
In a virtual reality game intended to improve social skills in teenagers with autism, the players must ask computer avatars the right questions while seeming engaged in the conversation. The game was described 27 September in IEEE Transactions on Neural Systems and Rehabilitation Engineering.
Adults with autism are less specific and less reliable than controls at recognizing emotions from facial expressions, according to a study published 27 September in Neuropsychologia.