Tag: joint attention

January 2017
Moving target: Brain waves known as beta oscillations reflect brain activity that controls body movements and may signal telltale changes in DNA.AJPhoto / Science Source

Brain-wave patterns distinguish dup15q syndrome

by  /  13 January 2017

Children with an extra copy of the 15q11-13 chromosomal region, the second most common genetic abnormality in people with autism, have unusually strong brain waves called beta oscillations. The preliminary findings, presented Friday at the Dup15q Alliance Scientific Meeting in Orlando, Florida, suggest that beta oscillations could distinguish children with dup15q syndrome from those with other forms of autism.

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November 2016
In sync: Scientists taught parents to be more responsive to their children with autism. Hero Images / Getty Images

Parent training may lead to lasting gains in autism features

by  /  21 November 2016

Teaching parents of toddlers with autism how to respond to their children may result in long-term improvements in these children’s autism features.

Social shift: Typical children show a strong brain response to direct gaze, whereas those with autism respond more to averted eyes.Carol Yepes / Getty Images

Interactive test aims to capture social aspects of gaze

by  /  14 November 2016

People with autism show atypical patterns of gaze even when they are explicitly asked to look at another person’s eyes.

August 2016
Donald Iain Smith / Getty Images
Opinion / Viewpoint

Timing is key to understanding sensory, social issues in autism

by  /  9 August 2016

Individuals with autism have trouble reading social cues because their brains connect sights and sounds over unusually long periods of time.

July 2016
Features / Webinars

Webinar: Rebecca Saxe discusses imaging of social brain

20 July 2016

Watch the complete replay of Rebecca Saxe discussing methods for analyzing brain activity during social interactions, and their application in autism research.

Features / Deep Dive

The most terrifying childhood condition you’ve never heard of

by  /  6 July 2016

Childhood disintegrative disorder, a rare and severe condition, rapidly melts away a child’s abilities. A new theory proposes that this little-known condition turns back the developmental clock.

June 2016
Illustration by  Kyungeun Park
Features / Deep Dive

The treasures of monkey island

by  /  22 June 2016

On Cayo Santiago island, scientists track the alliances and power struggles of a colony of feral monkeys — collecting data to generate new insights into the social challenges that people with autism face.

Opinion / Q&A

Questions for Letitia Naigles: Parsing pronoun confusion

by  /  7 June 2016

Children with autism tend to mix up personal pronouns when their language skills outpace their social awareness.

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November 2015
Yevgenia Nayberg
Opinion / Viewpoint

Measures of success for adults with autism need to mature

by  /  17 November 2015

As children with autism grow into adults, the challenge is in measuring the skills that matter most in their daily lives.

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October 2015
Look there: A patch of brain specialized for tracking others’ eyes could help researchers understand social deficits in autism.©iStock.com/huseyintuncer

Researchers map spot in brain for tracking others’ eyes

by  /  19 October 2015

Following another person’s gaze is a task distinct from recognizing and reading faces.


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