Edition 10

policing tactics; reporting suicide; child protection; faith-based organisations; and more
autistic traits and altruism; Google Glass; media reports of terrorism; and much more from our free Research Digest (see www.researchdigest.org.uk/blog)
Uta Frith introduces a special issue

Autism is a developmental disorder characterised by impairments in social interaction and both verbal and non-verbal communication, along with restricted, repetitive or stereotyped behaviour....

Christian Jarrett talks to researchers, people with autism and their relatives, to find out what autism is really like
Jon Brock looks at Bayesian and predictive coding accounts of autistic cognition

Bernard Rimland’s classic text, Infantile Autism (1964), marked the beginning of research on autism as a disorder of cognition. Rimland’s hypothesis – that autistic individuals have difficulty...

Mayada Elsabbagh looks at lessons from autism

For over a decade now, researchers have explored the developmental pathways leading to autism early in life. Converging evidence suggests that within the first year of life, remarkably little...

Picture by William Tipple, with comment from Professor Uta Frith. Download PDF for poster.
Eilidh Cage with the latest in our series for budding writers (see www.bps.org.uk/newvoices for more information)

Whereas young children and dogs attach themselves to a given caregiver, cats seem to be far more independent. With that in mind, perhaps people on the autistic spectrum are more like cats than...

Editor Jon Sutton meets a creative, interpersonal, social scientist to talk about autism, DSM-5, women in science, and more
John Williams on being a parent of ‘The Boy’ with autism