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Tag: vocalization

November 2018

Pattern of squeaks corresponds to social behavior in autism mice

by  /  5 November 2018

The pattern of high-pitched calls a mouse makes may reflect how, and how much, it is interacting with other mice. The pattern holds for typical mice as well as for two mouse models of autism.

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Tiny lad mouse on a gloved hand.

New mouse model shows brain effects of autism gene

by  /  4 November 2018

Mice lacking one copy of a gene linked to autism are small and show striking changes in the number and quality of their cries.

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Fever in pregnant rats alters pups’ social skills

by  /  3 November 2018

Fever in pregnant rats around the time of delivery disrupts their pups’ communication and social behavior.

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July 2018

Rat squeaks may reveal autism gene’s role in communication

by  /  2 July 2018

Rats with a mutation in CACNA1C, a gene linked to autism, make fewer happy squeaks while playing than controls do, and ignore other rats’ requests to play.

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March 2018
Neurons from mice missing OTUD7A (right) have fewer spines than do those from controls (left).

Studies pinpoint key gene in region linked to autism

by  /  21 March 2018

A single gene, OTUD7A, may account for most of the features seen in people missing a segment of chromosome 15 known as 15q13.3.

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illustration of mouse on sale in a city

‘Outmoded’ mouse models of autism may still yield new advances

by  /  21 March 2018

Many researchers question the value of three early mouse models of autism, but the models have their staunch supporters.

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February 2018
rat behind bars

Rats with autism mutation turn deaf ear to playful entreaties

by  /  20 February 2018

Male rats missing an autism candidate gene called SHANK3 spend less time sniffing, nuzzling and chasing their peers than controls do.

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November 2017
six scans of brains showing various active regions highlighted

Missing brain wave may explain language problems in nonverbal autism

by  /  14 November 2017

Nonverbal children with autism don't show the typical wave of brain activity involved in linking objects with their names.

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family of marmoset monkeys

AI interprets marmosets’ trills, chirps and peeps

by  /  14 November 2017

New artificial intelligence software can decode conversations between small monkeys called marmosets.

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EEG caps, fNIRS

Realistic social test identifies new language area in brain

by  /  13 November 2017

A test designed to capture the dynamic back-and-forth of conversation suggests the existence of a new language area in the brain.

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