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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: IQ

April 2015

Helen Tager-Flusberg explores language in autism

29 April 2015

Watch the complete replay of Helen Tager-Flusberg’s webinar discussing what language differences in autism reveal about the disorder’s biology.


Standard tests underestimate nonverbal children with autism

by  /  14 April 2015

Tests that play to the strengths of nonverbal children with autism reveal the true intellect of those considered ‘low-functioning.’

January 2015

Science’s gender gap tied to beliefs about brilliance

by  /  27 January 2015

The gender gap in science is strongest in fields that most value innate intelligence — perhaps because of mistaken impressions about the differences in innate intelligence between men and women.

December 2014

Gauging intelligence in autism over time

by  /  12 December 2014

Adapting traditional tests of intelligence for people with intellectual disability can deflate their scores over time. Somer Bishop calls for tests that more accurately assess intelligence in this group.


Future of autism genetics should learn from its past

by  /  9 December 2014

To optimize the search for autism genes, researchers should collect large numbers of sequences — but the sequences need to be of the right kind, says Michael Ronemus.


Facial measurements resurface in search for autism clues

by  /  8 December 2014

A group of scientists is using fast, accurate and minimally invasive measurement systems to revive the once-tedious trade of dysmorphology, or the study of unusual facial features, in autism.

November 2014

Rare mutations linked to severity of autism symptoms

by  /  3 November 2014

Boys with autism who carry rare, spontaneous mutations have lower intelligence quotients and more severe symptoms than do those who may have inherited the disorder. The finding, published 21 October in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, hints at two classes of autism risk with varying severity.

October 2014

Tracking neurons’ long projections to unravel autism

by ,  /  21 October 2014

Many brain imaging studies of autism focus on neurons’ connections or activity, but examining neuronal tracts across the brain is equally informative, say Julia Owen and Pratik Mukherjee. 


Game tests theory of mind in autism, intellectual disability

by  /  7 October 2014

A simple game that requires few language skills may help researchers assess theory of mind in children who have autism and intellectual disability, a new study finds.


Brain development gene emerges as strong autism candidate

by  /  2 October 2014

Hundreds of genes are linked to autism, but most have not been clearly characterized. ADNP is one of a small group of genes that, when mutated, seem to lead to autism in a substantial proportion of cases.