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Tag: social deficits

April 2020
Two young women who met in the Action Play theater group and became friends. Lines between the women show their connection.

How people with autism forge friendships

by  /  1 April 2020

Most autistic people want to and can make friends, though their relationships often have a distinctive air.

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March 2020

‘Social brain’ activity may not differ in some autistic people

by  /  16 March 2020

People with autism may have patterns of brain activity that are similar to those in typical people when interpreting social interactions.

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February 2020
Illustration shows child at school seated in chair with bullies all around

How abuse mars the lives of autistic people

by  /  5 February 2020

Many people with autism experience a triad of trauma: neglect at home, abuse from trusted adults and bullying at school or work.

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December 2019
A single ecstasy pill on a blue background.

Distinct brain pathway underlies ecstasy’s social effects

by  /  11 December 2019

The drug popularly known as ecstasy may boost sociability through brain circuits distinct from that underlying its ‘high.’

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Mouse sniffing the air

Mice with autism mutation may be indifferent to social scents

by  /  5 December 2019

Neurons in mice that lack an autism gene called CNTNAP2 do not differentiate well between social and nonsocial smells — an issue that seems to stem from haphazard neuronal firing.

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November 2019
Child hesitating in front of a giant eye showing areas of the brain, facial recognition and other connections related to sight.

Seeing connections between autism and blindness

by  /  12 November 2019

Autism is unusually common among people with congenital blindness, in part because the ability to see drives much of brain development.

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October 2019
UBE3A

Rat model mimics communication problems in Angelman syndrome

by  /  23 October 2019

Rats missing UBE3A, the gene mutated in people with Angelman syndrome, squeak frequently but tend not to be responsive to the play and squeaks of other rats.

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Cesarean sections may leave young brains vulnerable to injury

by  /  22 October 2019

Delivery by cesarean section leads to subtle brain and behavioral alterations in mice, particularly those delivered prematurely.

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Two dark brown research mice

Mice with autism mutation reflect social difficulties seen in people

by  /  21 October 2019

A new autism mouse model carries the same mutation in a gene called ADNP that is seen in autistic people.

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Two mice in a lab test environment

Single seizure may have long-lasting effects on brain

by  /  21 October 2019

A single seizure early in life leads to enduring behavioral problems, including diminished sociability, in mice.

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