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Tag: vocalization

November 2013

For mice, mating is a dialogue between sexes

by  /  13 November 2013

A new tracking system allows researchers to pinpoint which of four mice is ‘talking’ as they mingle freely in a cage. The setup, presented Tuesday at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego, shows that male mice don’t do all the talking, as was previously thought.


‘Humanized’ mouse assays reveal subtle behaviors

by  /  10 November 2013

A new test of mouse intelligence closely mimics the types of assays used with people and detects a subtle learning deficit reminiscent of one seen in teenagers with autism, according to findings presented Saturday at the 2013 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in San Diego.

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Molecular mechanisms: Autism gene loss alters mouse cries

by  /  5 November 2013

Adult mice lacking the autism-linked gene SHANK2 emit fewer cries and do so at a lower pitch compared with controls, according to a study published 28 August in Behavioral Brain Research.

September 2013

Mouse model hints at autism gene’s role in nucleus

by  /  20 September 2013

Mice that express elevated levels of an autism-linked gene in the nucleus of neurons show social and communication problems, according to unpublished research presented Thursday at the Dup15q Alliance Scientific Meeting in Sacramento, California.


How does the body dictate speech?

by  /  2 September 2013

A shifting understanding of the role of motor control in people with autism who also have speech deficits raises important questions about language development in the disorder.


Study of nonverbal autism must go beyond words, experts say

by  /  2 September 2013

To better understand and treat nonverbal autism, the field must paradoxically move beyond focusing on speech production, say many researchers. Emerging research suggests that seemingly unrelated issues such as motor skills and joint attention may instead be key.

July 2013

Disquieting cries

by  /  9 July 2013

Adults feel more distress when hearing the cries of babies that later develop autism than those of typical infants, according to a study published 14 June in Research in Developmental Disabilities.

May 2013

Encouraging speech

by  /  14 May 2013

Little evidence supports the use of sign language for nonverbal children with autism, but other therapies show promise, says a review published 24 April in Frontiers in Integrative Neuroscience.

November 2012

Defining language deficits across autism spectrum

by ,  /  27 November 2012

We are on the verge of a seismic shift in the definition of autism spectrum disorders, says David Skuse. Under proposed guidelines for autism diagnosis, the canard that most people with the disorder cannot speak, or have such disordered language that they cannot sustain a conversation, has been abandoned.

October 2012

Researchers swing toward monkey models of autism

by  /  18 October 2012

Researchers in Japan have completed the first step in creating transgenic monkey models of autism, according to a poster presented Wednesday at the 2012 Society for Neuroscience annual meeting in New Orleans.