Gender

Accounting for a mosaic of sex differences: Q&A with Nicola Grissom

Breaking the binary view of sex traits can enable researchers to represent the broader complexity of behavior and cognition.

By Olivia Gieger
10 July 2024 | 7 min read
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New tablet-based tools to spot autism draw excitement — and questions

Handheld devices promise to bring autism detection home, but many researchers urge caution.

By Charles Q. Choi
4 January 2024 | 8 min read
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Teasing apart insistence on sameness with Mirko Uljarević

The hallmark autism trait has multiple facets, Uljarević and his colleagues have found.

By Lauren Schenkman
30 October 2023 | 6 min read
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Father’s genes may drive sociability in male monkeys

The findings in rhesus macaque monkeys may provide clues to sex differences in the heredity of social behavior in people.

By Charles Q. Choi
18 August 2023 | 3 min read
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Black and women researchers are less likely to hold three or more NIH grants simultaneously

A growing proportion of researchers has reached such “super principal investigator” status, but the distribution is not even across demographic groups.

By Maaisha Osman
5 May 2023 | 4 min read
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Cortical differences in autism vary by sex

Compared with their non-autistic peers, young autistic girls have a thicker cortex that thins more quickly with age.

By Giorgia Guglielmi
4 May 2023 | 2 min read
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U.S. study charts changing prevalence of profound and non-profound autism

Profound autism prevalence rose from 2002 to 2016, though not nearly as much as non-profound autism did.

By Angie Voyles Askham
19 April 2023 | 6 min read
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New measure characterizes gender diversity in study participants

The Gender Self-Report could help autism researchers include more gender-diverse people across a range of ages and neurotypes in their work.

By Emmet Fraizer
12 April 2023 | 5 min read
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Null & Noteworthy: Intervention flops; neural noise; gender care

This edition takes aim at the autism-intervention evidence base with a slew of null results, plus findings that challenge a prevailing autism brain theory.

By Laura Dattaro
18 January 2023 | 5 min read
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How scientists can counteract their unwitting contributions to autism’s sex bias

Common diagnostic and research practices may be adding to autism’s sex bias, but there are some simple steps scientists can take to counteract it.

By Anila D’Mello
20 December 2022 | 7 min read

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10 standards for brain electrode-array recordings enhance reproducibility

Electrophysiology findings can vary widely from lab to lab, even among those using identical protocols. New guidelines set forth in a preprint should help.

By Elissa Welle
12 July 2024 | 5 min read
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Leveraging the power of community to strengthen clinical trials for rare genetic syndromes

Families can become not only participants but champions of these research efforts.

By Shafali Spurling Jeste
11 July 2024 | 7 min read
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Autism interventions tailored for Black Americans; gene therapy for Rett syndrome; KATNAL2 gene

Here is a roundup of autism-related news and research spotted around the web for the week of 8 July.

By Jill Adams
9 July 2024 | 2 min read