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Rat neurons thrive in a mouse brain world, testing ‘nature versus nurture’

Neurons from the two rodents can wire up together to form functional circuits—all while maintaining some species-specific properties, two new studies show.

By Angie Voyles Askham
17 May 2024 | 5 min read

It’s past time to stop using the Reading the Mind in the Eyes Test

The widely used measure of “theory of mind” needs to be re-examined, along with the long-standing claim that autism is linked to a lack of this ability.

By Wendy C. Higgins, Robert M. Ross
16 May 2024 | 8 min read
Illustration of an open journal featuring lines of text and small illustrations of eyes and mouths.

Spina bifida; MDMA effects in a mouse model of autism; maternal autoantibodies

Here is a roundup of autism-related news and research spotted around the web for the week of 13 May.

By Jill Adams
14 May 2024 | 2 min read