Interesting New Autism Research

A new research article, published online for the journal Nature, shows that infants who were later diagnosed with autism spent significantly less time focusing on people’s eyes than infants who were not later diagnosed. Warren R. Jones and Ami Klin, of Emory University, co-authored the paper. The New York Times recently ran a feature on the research, which discusses the implications for early brain development and improvements in autism diagnostics.

If you’d like to look at how this line of research potentially relates to some broader theory in the field of autism research, one book to check out is Mindblindness by Cambridge psychologist Simon Baron-Cohen, which connects autism to “theory of mind.” I imagine Baron-Cohen would make the case that reduced eye-directed gaze in autistic infants supports his theory, though, like all psychopathlogy, the mechanisms of autism are little understood and the theories are controversial.

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SAM MCDOUGLE is a Ph.D. candidate in Psychology and Neuroscience at Princeton University. His writing has appeared in Vice and The Atlantic.

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    13) Autism is associated with milk consumption. Milk is fortified with very high levels of Vitamin D in US since around 1992.
    14) Those with autism frequently do better on oxalate free and ketogenic diets. These point to need to lower calcium load, which may be from excess vitamin D.
    15) The rates of autism have gone up in the United States whenever consumption of Vitamin D has by the very young.
    16) The rates of autism are highest in countries that have highest levels of vitamin D consumption by the very young.

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