How autism may stem from problems with prediction
A ‘predictive coding’ theory of autism suggests that many of the condition’s hallmark traits occur when sensory input overrides expectation in the brain. Yale researchers, Katarzyna Chawarska, James McPartland and Philip Corlett, are featured.Source: Spectrum
Multicenter Trial Management Unit Expands the Scope of Research at Yale
In the past, Yale investigators who led multicenter trials had to put together ad hoc study teams, relying on unconnected siloed services to carry out their research. At the end of these trials, these teams, which had compiled so much experience and knowledge, disbanded and their knowledge was lost. This system was inefficient and put Yale at a disadvantage when competing with other institutions for grants for multicenter studies.
Yale study: Social media boosts friendship quality in adolescents with autism spectrum disorder
A study by Yale Department of Psychiatry and Yale Child Study Center researchers found that adolescents with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) derive high friendship quality through their use of social media
IMFAR 2017 - Accepted Posters and Awards for Members of the McPartland Lab
Announcement to congratulate all the members of the McPartland lab who received IMFAR awards, and all those whose abstract submissions were accepted as Posters to be presented at the International Meeting for Autism Research in San Franciso, CA in May.
Major autism study underway-Yale researchers leading the charge
A study that could transform the way autism is diagnosed, tracked and treated and the work is being done in New Haven. Yale researchers are leading the charge in the four year study – the largest autism study funded by National Institutes of Health.Source: WTNH News8
Yale seeks more objective way to diagnose autism
Getting an autism diagnosis can take months, even years of doctor visits, and the diagnosis depends largely on watching a child play. As a result, who gets put on the spectrum and who doesn’t can depend on who and where the doctor is.Source: New Haven Register
Yale researchers making headway in quest to solve autism’s mysteries
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) now estimates that 1 in 68 U.S. children are on the autism spectrum. For boys the number is even higher with 1 in 54 affected. As the numbers climb, autism remains a frustrating mystery for families, clinicians, and researchers.
Virginia Carter Leno wins 2014 Bridge Prize for the most outstanding student dissertation
Virginia Carter Leno, a masters student in the McPartland Lab completing a collaborative UCL-Yale degree in Developmental Neuroscience and Psychopathology, won the 2014 Bridge Prize for the most outstanding student dissertation "Common and Distinct Impairments in Feedback Processing Associated with Autistic and Psychopathic Traits".
Dr. Adam Naples wins Slifka/Ritvo Innovation in Autism Research Award
The Alan B. Slifka Foundation seeks to promote innovative research on autism spectrum disorders conducted by junior investigators. The objective of the award is to lead new treatments and improvements in the quality of life of individuals with autism. Dr. Naples won the award in the basic research category.
The Symposium on Eye Tracking Research & Applications
Eye-tracking technology is used in research on the visual system, in psychology, in cognitive linguistics , and in studies of developmental disorders. The Symposium on Eye Tracking Research & Applications (ETRA) is a biennial meeting that is a leading hotbed for research on this subject.
Autism course celebrates 30 years
An innovative Yale course on the study and treatment of autism is now entering its fourth decade. Autism and Related Disorders, founded in 1984 by chair of the Yale Child Studies Center Fred Volkmar, features lectures by experts in the field and weekly clinical experience with autistic children in the community. The course is part of the Yale Child Study Center’s Autism Program, which encompasses lab-based research, clinical services for autistic children, and the popular undergraduate course.Source: Yale Daily News
Dr. James McPartland wins Sara S. Sparrow Early Career Research Award from the American Psychological Association
Every other year the Sara S. Sparrow Early Career Research Award of Division 33 of the American Psychological Association is presented to an individual who has made substantial contributions to the understanding of intellectual or developmental disabilities as reflected in his or her published and presented works.