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Tag: social deficits

April 2019
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People’s affinity for social cues is inherited, study suggests

by  /  22 April 2019

Genetics may govern a person’s ability to pay attention to social cues.

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Study identifies top tests of social skills in autistic adults

by  /  5 April 2019

An evaluation of 11 tests of social skills has identified 8 that give credible results in autistic adults.

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March 2019
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Social problems in autism may impair practical life skills

by  /  28 March 2019

For autistic people, social difficulties may contribute to troubles with daily living — from brushing teeth to taking a bus.

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Webinar: Jill Silverman makes case for rat models of autism

 /  20 March 2019

Watch the complete replay of Jill Silverman discussing using rat models to study neurodevelopmental conditions, including autism.

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February 2019
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Untangling the ties between autism and obsessive-compulsive disorder

by  /  27 February 2019

Autism and obsessive-compulsive disorder frequently accompany each other; Scientists are studying both to understand how they differ.

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Brain’s prefrontal cortex conducts symphony of social players

by  /  20 February 2019

A brain region that orchestrates responses to social cues and aids decision-making may be off tempo in autism.

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January 2019

Three spectrums, not one, may define autism

by  /  24 January 2019

Three distinct categories of traits best characterize autism, according to a study of more than 6,000 children.

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Gut microbes may treat social difficulties in autism mice

by  /  16 January 2019

Consuming Lactobacillus reuteri, a gut microbe found in yogurt and breast milk, may enhance social interactions in three mouse models of autism.

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December 2018
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Why adults need an easier path to autism diagnosis

by  /  18 December 2018

Getting an autism diagnosis can be difficult for many adults, due to the dearth of reliable tests, high costs and bureaucracy.

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Autistic children may have to mute own perspective to grasp others’

by  /  6 December 2018

To understand another person’s point of view, children with autism may need to actively suppress their own.

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