Autism Spectrum Disorder

Earlier Autism Diagnosis Could Mean Earlier Interventions

Autism historically was diagnosed between the ages of 2 and 3, but new research is finding symptoms of autism spectrum disorders in babies during their first years of life… More

  • People with autism spectrum conditions are often less sensitive to contextual information in perceptual tasks, but this may lead to more consistent choices in high-level decision-making tasks... More

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    Adults with Autism Make More Consistent Choices

    People with autism spectrum conditions are often less sensitive to contextual information in perceptual tasks, but this may lead to more consistent choices in high-level decision-making tasks... More

  • Finding from a clinical study challenge the hypothesis that impaired attention might be at the root of autism symptoms... More

    Autism Symptoms Not Explained by Impaired Attention

    Finding from a clinical study challenge the hypothesis that impaired attention might be at the root of autism symptoms... More

  • Many people speculate that individuals with autism spectrum disorder may be more susceptible to emotionally arousing content found in violent video games, but research suggests the opposite... More

    Video Game Violence Doesn’t Boost Aggression Among Adults with Autism

    Many people speculate that individuals with autism spectrum disorder may be more susceptible to emotionally arousing content found in violent video games, but research suggests the opposite... More

  • People with autism spectrum disorder are more likely to be taken in by the so-called vanishing ball trick, where a magician pretends to throw a ball in the air but actually hides it in his hand, a study shows... More

    Magic Tricks Reveal Surprising Results About Autism

    People with autism spectrum disorder are more likely to be taken in by the so-called vanishing ball trick, where a magician pretends to throw a ball in the air but actually hides it in his hand, a study shows... More

  • A study at Michigan State University shows that parents of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder are more likely to access evidence-based interventions if they have large social networks... More

    Social Networks May Guide Parents to Particular Autism Interventions

    A study at Michigan State University shows that parents of children diagnosed with autism spectrum disorder are more likely to access evidence-based interventions if they have large social networks... More

  • Brain imaging is enabling scientists to examine neural activity associated with our ability to distinguish the self from others, which stands to improve the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder in children... More

    Perspective-Tracking Brain Response Could Help Identify Children with Autism

    Brain imaging is enabling scientists to examine neural activity associated with our ability to distinguish the self from others, which stands to improve the diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder in children... More

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