How Genetic Insults Affect Mental Health

Research has shed light on how a molecule called disrupted-in-schizophrenia 1 is linked to a wide range of psychiatric disorders.

Contagious Yawning Not About Empathy

Perceptual sensitivity instead of empathy determines vulnerability to contagious yawning, scientists in Japan show.

Mutation Predicts Schizophrenia And Autism Risk

Using molecular tools and statistical analyses, scientists in Japan have found a rare gene mutation that could serve as a potential predictor of schizophrenia and autism.

Facial Masculinity Linked To Autism

Scientists in Australia have used 3D facial images to identify a link between masculine facial features and autism.

Understanding Autism Through A Monkey’s Brain

A monkey model of autism could help researchers better understand the disease in humans.

Serotonin Makes ‘Autistic’ Mice More Sociable

Serotonin, the ‘feel-good neurotransmitter’, has been shown to improve sociability in a mouse model of autism.

Tackling Autism By Tweaking Diets

A simple change of diet that restores the balance of gut bacteria may help to alleviate the symptoms of autism, researchers say.

Father’s Age Influences Offspring’s Anxiety

Mouse pups born to older fathers show signs of hyperactivity, researchers say.

Mum’s Gaze Triggers Brain Waves In Autistic Kids

A pilot study has linked the degree of autism to a specific pattern of brain activity observed when autistic children look at their mothers.