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Animated sidekick connects parents to children with autism

by  /  21 February 2017

In a new type of therapy for autism, parents talk or type into their phone or computer, and their words emerge in the voice of an animated character.

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Questions for Gahan Pandina: New tool may aid autism trials

by  /  14 February 2017
A new ‘knowledge engine’ collects reams of behavioral and sensory data to create highly sensitive outcome measures for autism drugs.
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Borrowed brilliance: About half the scientists in the U.S. were born elsewhere.Peter M. Fisher / Getty Images

How Trump’s travel ban can upend lives of scientists like me

by  /  10 February 2017
The ban could uproot the lives of many researchers in the United States and slow scientific progress not just in the U.S., but across the world.
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Why I want to march for science

by  /  14 February 2017
Autism researcher Jonathan Sebat plans to push for policies that rest on empirical evidence and serve the common good.

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Questions for Daniel Geschwind: Making autism studies diverse

by  /  7 February 2017

A team of researchers is stepping out of the lab and into the community to recruit African-Americans for studies on the genetics of autism.

Illustration by Bee Johnson
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Imaging of social brain enters real world

by ,  /  31 January 2017

Studies of social-brain function are moving out of scanners and into realistic settings.

Illustration by Sam Chivers
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Exploring the hidden world of inhibitory brain signals

by ,  /  24 January 2017

Scientists have discovered more than 100 new proteins at junctions in the brain that dampen neuronal activity.

Illustration by Pep Boatella
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Questions for Pua, Seal: What’s wrong with brain imaging work?

by  /  17 January 2017

Despite the completion of hundreds of imaging studies in people with autism, researchers have yet to find features that distinguish people with the condition.

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Smoke, mirrors and Robert Kennedy Jr.’s vaccine safety panel

by  /  12 January 2017

Don’t let Robert F. Kennedy Jr.’s appointment distract us from fighting the policy changes that could have dire consequences for people with autism.

Illustration by Pep Boatella
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Technology can curb social exclusion of children with autism

by  /  10 January 2017

Apps, robots and brain imaging can help children with autism improve their social skills and connect with other people.

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Questions for Daphna Joel: Brain sex differences may be mirage

by  /  3 January 2017

Instead of simply listing sex differences in the brain, researchers should consider how sex interacts with other factors to affect the brain, Joel says.

Illustration by Federica Bordoni
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Young woman with autism asks: ‘Am I so different?’

by  /  26 December 2016

A college student on the spectrum reflects on her struggles relating to others and gaining independence — and on the people who have given her hope.

Illustration by Jun Cen
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A call to scientists to develop communication tools for autism

by  /  20 December 2016

People with autism who speak few or no words need tools that can help them communicate. Scientists could make this happen.

Illustration by Jasu Hu
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Questions for Joshua Gordon: Circuit solutions for autism

by  /  13 December 2016

The new director of the National Institute of Mental Health says work on brain circuits may yield treatments for autism.

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