People with autism have different reactions to odors that carry social cues
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  December 11, 2017  
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 People with autism have different reactions to odors that carry social cuesPeople with autism have different reactions to odors that carry social cues
 
Autism typically involves the inability to read social cues. We most often associate this with visual difficulty in interpreting facial expression, but new research at the Weizmann Institute of Science suggests that the sense of smell may also play a central role in autism.
 
 
 Racial differences in parents’ reports of child’s autism symptoms may contribute to delayed diagnosisRacial differences in parents’ reports of child’s autism symptoms may contribute to delayed diagnosis
 
Racial differences in parents' reports of concerns about their child's development to healthcare providers may contribute to delayed diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in black children, according to a study led by Georgia State University.
 
   Mothers of teenagers with ASD report higher levels of negative psychological symptomsMothers of teenagers with ASD report higher levels of negative psychological symptoms
 
Anyone who has ever survived being a teenager should be well aware that parenting a teenager can be no easy feat. But factor in a diagnosis of autism spectrum disorder (ASD) or intellectual disability (ID), and you'll likely have the recipe for a unique set of challenges to the entire family unit.
 
   Optogenetics research sheds new light on social-spatial learningOptogenetics research sheds new light on social-spatial learning
 
Ilana Witten didn't set out to study spatial learning. She thought she was investigating how mice socialize--but she discovered that in mouse brains, the social and the spatial are inextricably linked.
 
 Study identifies mechanism that could explain early link between sound input and cognitive function
 
Study identifies mechanism that could explain early link between sound input and cognitive functionSome expectant parents play classical music for their unborn babies, hoping to boost their children's cognitive capacity. While some research supports a link between prenatal sound exposure and improved brain function, scientists had not identified any structures responsible for this link in the developing brain.
 
 
 Hand preference well defined at 18th week of gestation, study says
 
Hand preference well defined at 18th week of gestation, study saysAre you born or do you become right-handed or left-handed? A study led by Valentina Parma, researcher at the International School for Advanced Studies - SISSA of Trieste, and Professor Umberto Castiello of the University of Padua, just published on Scientific Reports, shows that hand preference is already well defined at the 18th week of gestation.