Genetics linked to empathy in massive study

Genetics plays a role in people's empathy rather than only education and experience, and can help better understand autism, according to a large study.
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Conclusion: We deve- oped a simple, transparent, flexible, and automated quality assessment procedure for ambulatory EDA data. Significance: Our procedure can be used beyond this study to enhance efficiency, transparency, and reproducibility of EDA analyses, with free software available at http://www.cbslab.org/EDAQA.
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AbstractAutism Spectrum Disorder (ASD), Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), and Conduct Disorder (CD) are often associated with emotion recognition difficulties. This is the first eye-tracking study to examine emotional face recognition (i.e., gazing behavior) in a direct comparison of male adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder or Oppositional Defiant Disorder/Conduct Disorder, and typically developing (TD) individuals. We also investigate the role of psychopathic traits, callous –unemotional (CU) traits, and subtypes of aggressive behavior in emotional face recognition. A total of 122 male adolescents (N&thinsp...
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Conditions:   Autism Spectrum Disorder;   Autism;   Asperger Syndrome;   Pervasive Developmental Disorder;   Adolescent Development Intervention:   Behavioral: Project SEARCH Plus ASD Supports Sponsors:   Virginia Commonwealth University;   National Institute on Disability, Independent Living, and Rehabilitation Research Completed
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With 113 locations in the U.S., Brain Balance says its drug-free approach has helped tens of thousands of children. But experts say there's insufficient proof for its effectiveness.(Image credit: Hokyoung Kim for NPR)
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With 113 locations in the U.S., Brain Balance says its drug-free approach has helped tens of thousands of children. But experts say there's insufficient proof of its effectiveness.(Image credit: Hokyoung Kim for NPR)
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Transcriptional profiling of postmortem brain tissue provides detailed insight into the molecular and cellular basis of psychiatric illnesses that cannot be achieved in living patients. A recent large-scale analysis of cortical gene transcriptome profiles across five major psychiatric diseases revealed pathways of molecular convergence and specificity (1). Interestingly, bipolar disorder had more transcriptional overlap with schizophrenia than major depressive disorder (MDD). Furthermore, while autism spectrum disorder showed some genetic overlap with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder, it showed its own module-level diffe...
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At age 10, children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and those with high levels of autistic traits have more depressive symptoms than children in the general population, reports astudy published inJAMA Psychiatry. These elevated depressive symptoms persist in the children until they are 18 and are significantly influenced by bullying.“[F]urther research into the role of traumatic experiences, such as bullying, and the utility of interventions to reduce bullying or address its adverse effects could have the potential to reduce the burden of depression in this population,” wrote lead author Dheeraj Rai, Ph.D.,...
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Belle Swersey knows firsthand how therapeutic horseback riding can be. The 7-year-old girl, who is in remission from a rare type of muscle cancer called rhabdomyosarcoma, has been using equine therapy to help ease her pain for the past 2 ½ years.
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Autism spectrum disorders (ASD) are neurodevelopmental in origin, and characterized by impaired social communications and interactions, along with repetitive behaviors, interests, and activities. Individuals with ASD may have a great interest in mathematics, art, or music, and occasionally have a remarkable talent in one of these fields. Musical savants with autism are individuals with superior ability in musical perception and production, despite their intellectual and social impairments. Several studies show that individuals with autism have better musical ability (sound reproduction, note identification, and pitch perce...
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