The way in which an infant visually examines an object may predict a later autism diagnosis, researchers say. Unusual visual inspection of items at 9 months was a strong predictor of an ASD diagnosis later in childhood.
A new study reveals there appears to be a neurobiological component that drives instantaneous compatibility, in mice at least. A variation of the PDE11 enzyme found in brain areas governing mood and motivation seems to control whether mice want to soci…
Reduced amounts of the placental hormone allopregnanolone caused behavioral and developmental changes in the brains of male mouse offspring similar to those seen in autism.
Autistic children and adults are better at holding and imitating relative pitch than they are with absolute pitch across both speech and song.
Puppets could be a useful tool to help young children on the autism spectrum improve their social engagement and attention.
Artificial neural networks help researchers uncover new clues as to why people on the autism spectrum have trouble interpreting facial expressions.
Study identifies a rare class of genetic differences transmitted from non-autistic parents to their children on the autism spectrum.
Researchers investigate mentalizing, or how we are able to understand what another person is thinking, and how this process differs from empathy.
A newly developed questionnaire can detect autism in children between the ages of 18 to 30 months.
Researchers identified a novel, direct link between autism and the SUV39H2 gene.
Using human stem cells to develop a brain organoid model, researchers were able to show exposure to a common pesticide synergizes with an autism-linked gene mutation. The study provides clear evidence that genetics and environment may combine to disrup…
A new mouse study identifies the Necdin (Ndn) gene as a causal factor of autism with 15q11-q13 chromosomal abnormality.
Certain genes that are mutated or missing in those with schizophrenia and autism cause similar dysfunction in neural networks within the thalamus.
While those with autism are less likely to use substances than those who are not on the autism spectrum, those who do are more likely to self-medicate for their mental health symptoms. Those with ASD who self-medicate report they do so to improve focus…
Findings reveal a role the endocannabinoid system plays in a range of psychiatric disorders, including schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, and ASD.
The hepaCAM protein plays a critical role in the communication and coordination of astrocytes as they build synapses. The findings shed new light on potential biological mechanisms behind ASD and epilepsy.
Taking SSRI antidepressants does not increase the risk of developmental delays or autism in children, a new study reports. However, there is an increased risk for ASD and developmental delays in children whose mothers suffer from maternal psychiatric d…
Hyperactivity of the dopamine system may explain the prevalent traits and conditions associated with ASD more commonly found in males.
A study in fruit fly models of autism reveals sleep disruption associated with the neurodevelopmental disorder is associated with elevated levels of serotonin. The origin of the higher levels of serotonin was discovered to be in glial cells in the bloo…
Bilingualism in children on the autism spectrum partly makes up for deficits in theory of mind and executive function, a new study reports.