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Spectrum: Autism Research News

Tag: learning

July 2014

Mouse study nails neurons that trigger repetitive behavior

by  /  10 July 2014

A “beautiful” new study traces a complex repetitive behavior in a mouse model of autism to a subset of neurons in one brain region.

June 2014

Molecular mechanisms: Fragile X gene tied to cocaine effects

by  /  24 June 2014

The protein missing in fragile X syndrome is necessary for mice to respond to the stimulant cocaine, according to a study published 7 May in Neuron.


Cognition and behavior: Seizures may spark social deficits

by  /  6 June 2014

Inducing seizures in young mice leads to autism-like social behavior, as well as problems with learning and memory, according to a paper published 29 March in Experimental Neurology.

May 2014

Some who outgrew autism received early, intense therapy

by  /  27 May 2014

Many of the children with autism known to have outgrown their diagnosis received intense behavioral therapy for long periods of time during childhood, reports a study published in May in the Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics.

April 2014

New tests extend prospects for ‘reading the mind in the eyes’

by  /  8 April 2014

Researchers have revamped a screen for ‘mind blindness’ — an impaired understanding of others’ intentions and perspectives — which is a key deficit in autism. The revised test may shed light on how autism develops.

March 2014

Children with autism heed fairness, but put themselves first

by  /  25 March 2014

Children with autism understand the basic idea of fairness. But in nuanced scenarios, they tend to put their own interests first as long as it doesn’t hurt anyone else, suggests a study published 12 February in Autism.

February 2014

Spatial, verbal skills in autism even out with age

by  /  14 February 2014

A rigorous new study confirms that boys with autism tend to score higher on tests of spatial and analytical abilities than on those for verbal skills. But the gap decreases by the time they reach 10 years of age.

January 2014

Cognition and behavior: Drug ups sociability in autism mice

by  /  31 January 2014

Rapamycin, a drug given to suppress immune rejection after transplants, improves social behavior in mice with features of autism, reports a study published in the January issue of Brain Research Bulletin.


Michael Merzenich discusses plasticity in autism

 /  29 January 2014

Watch the complete replay of Michael Merzenich discussing how the brain’s ability to change with experience may lead to new treatments for autism.


Skill lag and loss common in children with autism

by  /  7 January 2014

Children with autism develop interactive skills late and many lose at least one skill by 3 years of age, says a study published in November.