Dreams have been described as dress rehearsals for real life, opportunities to gratify wishes, and a form of nocturnal therapy. A new theory aims to make sense of it all.
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Autism and the Brain
Katherine K.M. Stavropoulos Ph.D.
Does behavioral intervention change brain activity in autism? A new study suggests it does.
A new study suggests how we can measure risk for psychosis in people with autism spectrum disorder.
Wondering how to make sure your child with ASD has fun on Halloween? Here are five tips to make the spookiest day of the year a success.
Telehealth services are feasible and helpful for children with autism and related conditions. Why aren't all families receiving it during COVID-19 closures?
New research suggests that black children are diagnosed with ASD later than their white peers. What can we do to close this age gap?
Is the public health crisis actually a "great equalizer"? Or is it simply furthering existing inequity?
Interactions with law enforcement can be deadly for those with disabilities. Research suggests helpful ways to move forward.
Does cerebrospinal fluid contain a biomarker for autism? New research is promising.
Wondering how to get an autism assessment during a shelter in place, or worried about continuing to receive services? Research on telemedicine in autism is hopeful.
Does it seem daunting to talk to children about coronavirus, especially if they have communication challenges? Here are some tips to help.
How can we increase participation of underrepresented minorities in autism research? A new study provides insights.
It is easy to get 'stuck' in our own fields, but sometimes the best work happens when we combine approaches.
Do you love baby Yoda? Feel like you want to squeeze him? There is a scientific explanation!
Why are more older adults being diagnosed with autism for the first time? New research provides insight into the process of being diagnosed with ASD after age 50.
Wondering how we could identify autism in the first year of life? New research has promising neuroscience findings.
Uncertainty about future outcomes in children with autism: what can clinicians tell families?
Are individuals with autism at an increased risk of suicide? A new population-based study provides some answers.
Why are some people advocating for no longer using the term "high-functioning ASD"? New research helps explain the debate.
Adults with ASD are significantly more likely to have schizophrenia than adults with ADHD or no diagnosis. What does that mean, and what can it tell us?
Can vasopressin help symptoms of autism? Two new clinical trials.
How are autism and major depression similar? New research on reward responsiveness and loneliness may provide some answers.
Can music intervention improve symptoms of ASD? New research says yes.
Why are Latino children diagnosed with autism later than their Anglo peers? New research sheds light on ethnic differences in parent concerns and services.
Why do adults have such a hard time getting a diagnosis of autism for the first time?
Wonder why you get the urge to squeeze or otherwise act out against cute things? You aren't alone. It's called cute aggression, and it has a basis in neuroscience.
How one researcher's experience being sick, isolated, and alone relates to autism.
Do you think PTSD and ASD don't overlap? New evidence suggests they often co-occur, and can be misidentified.
What can we do to diversify research participation? Insights from research and future directions.
What does the latest research say about the relationship between gut, immunology, and development of ASD? A new study suggests all three play a role.
New research provides insight into the role of neuropeptides.
Katherine K.M. Stavropoulos, Ph.D., is an assistant professor at UC Riverside and a licensed clinical psychologist.