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People whose pupils change more dramatically during a visual perception task tend to score higher on a self-reported scale of autistic traits.

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Learning Opens the Genome

By Ruth Williams | January 17, 2018

Researchers map learning-induced chromatin alterations in mouse brain cells, and find that many affect autism-associated genes.

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Responses to compounds in human sweat may help explain why people with autism spectrum disorder tend to struggle with social cues.

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Neurons That Recognize Tone Identified

By Shawna Williams | August 28, 2017

The cells are crucial to detecting emphasis, sarcasm, and uptalk in human conversation.

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Distinguished Autism Researcher Dies

By Diana Kwon | June 13, 2017

A child neurologist, Isabelle Rapin popularized the notion that autism was part of a spectrum of disorders.

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Scientists provide evidence that blood-flow patterns in six-month-old babies’ brains can accurately predict cognitive and behavioral markers of autism spectrum disorder two years later.  

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Infant Brain Scans May Predict Autism Diagnosis

By Jef Akst | February 17, 2017

A computer algorithm can identify the brains of autism patients with moderate accuracy based on scans taken at six months and one year of age.

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Opinion: A Tale of Two Hemispheres

By Laurence O’Dwyer | December 20, 2016

Studying savant-like behaviors in birds could help researchers better understand autism spectrum disorders.

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Genes Linked to Dogs’ Sociability with People

By Jef Akst | September 30, 2016

Genetic variants on chromosome 26 appears to play a role in a dog’s tendency to turn to people for help.

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Moving Toward Personalized Autism Treatment

By Megan Scudellari | August 1, 2016

Researchers aim to leverage new insights into the underlying causes of the disorder to better help patients. 

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