Community Update: Health Care Needs for Autism, Brain-Brain Synchronization Questioned | Spectrum

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Tweets in the field of autism research in the first week of March came in like a lion, roaring – about gaps in clinical care for people with autism, gaps in understanding and gaps in evidence .

Mary Dohertyfounder of Autistic Doctors International and consultant anesthetist at Our Lady’s Hospital in Navan, Ireland, tweeted about a new article in which she and her colleagues interviewed people with autism about their access to medical care. The majority said they had difficulty seeing a GP and had an untreated mental health issue; about a third said they had an untreated life-threatening illness.

“Adjustments for autism-specific needs are as necessary as ramps for wheelchair users,” the summary concludes. In a separate tweet from the Altmetric scores, which follows mentions of an article around the web, Doherty noted that it was good to see the article grabbing attention and shining a light on health care for autism.

“There are some heartbreaking findings, but this should be a wake-up call to health services about how they are not caring for autistic patients,” wrote Felicity Sedgewick, associate professor of psychology at the University. education at the University of Bristol in the UK. a quote tweet.

Steven Kapp, professor of autistic psychology at the University of Portsmouth in the UK, tweeted about a free online conference on the condition’s dual empathy problem, scheduled for March 17.

For anyone unable to attend, it will be recorded, co-host tweeted Emine Gurbuzalso a lecturer in psychology at the University of Portsmouth.

The double empathy gap can lead to a lack of connection, but some research suggests that social engagement prompts people’s brains to sync. science writer Rolf Degen tweeted that science and the media have probably overestimated the idea of ​​”interbrain synchrony”, commenting on a new article on HyPyp, a hyperscanning python pipeline developed to analyze the phenomenon.

Guillaume Dumasassistant professor of computational psychiatry at the University of Montreal in Canada, warned that it may be too early to “throw the baby [out] with bath water.

Barouch Eitamassociate professor of psychology at the University of Haifa in Israel, said the literature on studying participants’ brain patterns shows “many aspects of what [statistician] Andrew Gelman would call “dead on arrival”.

Skeptic Geoff Bird, professor of cognitive neuroscience at Oxford University in the UK, added: “I guess you give him the benefit of the doubt in case you’re convinced.”

That’s it for this week’s Community Newsletter! If you have any suggestions for interesting social posts you’ve seen in the area of ​​autism research, feel free to email [email protected]

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Sam D. Gomez