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Earlier Autism Diagnosis Could Mean Earlier Interventions

Autism is normally diagnosed between the ages of two and three. But new research is finding symptoms of autism spectrum disorders in babies as young as twelve months. If children could be diagnosed earlier, it might be possible to help them earlier—and maybe even stop them from developing autism, according to the author of a new paper published in Current Directions in Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science.... More>


How Do I Remember That I Know You Know That I Know?

“I’ll meet you at the place near the thing where we went that time,” says the character Aaron in the 1987 movie Broadcast News. He and the woman he’s talking to have a lot of common ground, the shared territory that makes conversations work.  Common ground is why, after you’ve mentioned Great-Aunt Mildred’s 80th birthday party once in a conversation, you can just refer to it as “the party.” In a new study to be published in an upcoming issue of Psychological Science, a journal of the Association for Psychological Science, the authors pinpoint the type of memory required to make common ground work and confirm that people with a particular type of amnesia have trouble making common ground in conversation.... More>


Children’s math and reading skills are linked to genetics

Why do children differ in their ability to read, to use language, or to understand mathematics? Decades of research makes is clear that genetics play a surprisingly large part in […]... More>


Student Notebook

Learning Disabilities in Graduate School: Closeted or Out in the Open?

Generations ago, disabilities on campus were associated with wheelchairs and canes. Now disabilities at universities and colleges include psychological impairments, mental illnesses, medical conditions, and learning disabilities. The National Center […]... More>


Student Notebook

LD Students in Your Class: Who Are They And What Do We Do With Them?

A learning disability is “…a disorder in one or more of the basic psychological processes involved in understanding or in using language, spoken or written, which may manifest itself in […]... More>