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Lack Of Empathy Following Traumatic Brain Injury Associated With Reduced Responsiveness To Angry Faces

Egocentric, self-centred, and insensitive to the needs of others: these social problems often arise in people with severe traumatic brain injury (TBI) and have been attributed in part to a loss of emotional empathy, the capacity to recognise and understand the emotions of other people. Given that traumatic brain injuries are becoming more common, and […]

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Researcher Jejoong Kim

Brain Imaging Study Identifies Specific Area Associated With Social Cognition Deficits In Schizophrenia

Understanding the actions of other people can be difficult for those with schizophrenia. Vanderbilt University researchers have discovered that impairments in a brain area involved in perception of social stimuli may be partly responsible for this difficulty. In findings published in the journal PLoS ONE, the researchers found that a particular brain area, the posterior […]

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Autism Speaks And Core77 Magazine Name Winners Of ‘Autism Connects’ Design Challenge

Autism Speaks, the world’s largest autism science and advocacy organization in partnership with Core77, today announced the top awards for “Autism Connects,” the international student design competition.  The innovative designs by student competitors selected by a juried panel demonstrate creative technology solutions for individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to better connect with the world […]

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Social Deficits Of Autism Reproduced And Successfully Treated In Animal Model

Social deficits are common in several psychiatric disorders, including autism spectrum disorders and schizophrenia. Individuals with severe social dysfunction can experience significant difficulties with everyday functioning. Oxytocin and vasopressin are hormones that play key roles in emotional and social behaviors and bonding. Oxytocin has been suggested as a treatment to improve social behavior in individuals […]

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Researcher Tao Wang, M.D., Ph.D.

Gene Linked To Severity Of Social Dysfunction In Autism

With the help of two sets of brothers with autism, Johns Hopkins scientists have identified a gene associated with autism that appears to be linked very specifically to the severity of social interaction deficits. The gene, GRIP1 (glutamate receptor interacting protein 1), is a blueprint for a traffic-directing protein at synapses — those specialized contact points […]

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