Neural Mechanism May Explain Variability of Social Ability in Autism

Vignesh Subramanian ’24 Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a neurodevelopmental disorder involving significant challenges with communication, behavior, and social skills. The range of conditions encompassed by the term is most often characterized by limited but intense interests, repetitive patterns of behavior, difficulty maintaining or regulating interactions with other people, and difficulty synchronizing facial expressions or motor movements with speech. It has long been believed that … Continue reading Neural Mechanism May Explain Variability of Social Ability in Autism

Fake It Till It Hurts

Wendy Wu ’22 Studies have shown that individuals with autism spectrum disorder have a higher risk of developing mental health issues. Despite these difficulties, the causes of mental health problems in autistic people are poorly understood. Importantly, risks of mental health issues for autistic people are different from those of non-autistic populations. Laura Hull, a postdoctoral researcher at East London NHS Foundation Trust, sought to … Continue reading Fake It Till It Hurts

Anti-Cancer Drug Mitigates Autism’s Social Deficits

By Marcia-Ruth Ndege ‘21 Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), better known as autism, is a developmental disorder characterized by a tendency to engage in repetitive behaviors and to have trouble communicating both verbally and nonverbally. While there is no known cure for autism, current treatments include a variety of therapies as well as antipsychotic drugs such as quetiapine and risperidone, which reduce psychiatric effects such as … Continue reading Anti-Cancer Drug Mitigates Autism’s Social Deficits