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How an understudied trait has skewed autism studies for decades

Great to see work on alexithymia from Lydia Hickman and Connor Keating mentioned in this article in Spectrum.

New paper on “Differences Between Autistic and Non-Autistic Adults in the Recognition of Anger from Facial Motion Remain after Controlling for Alexithymia”

Congratulations to the team, especially first author Connor Keating, on their new paper: https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/34047905/ which was also mentioned in this article: https://www.spectrumnews.org/news/alexithymia-not-autism-may-drive-eye-gaze-patterns/

See here for a summary of the work: https://twitter.com/ConnorTKeating/status/1400119684557594626?s=20

Cook lab on (virtual) tour

This week we are (virtually) at the BNA Festival of Neuroscience, the Experimental Psychology Society (EPS) April meeting and the Society for Affective Science (SAS) Conference. Find out more at ….

Connor Keating’s talk “It’s all in the mind: elucidating two interacting contributors to emotion recognition accuracy” @SAS 15th April

Lydia Hickman’s poster “Examining movement differences in autism spectrum disorder and Parkinson’s disease” (BNA, poster no. PP001093; EPS no. 27)

Alicia Rybicki’s EPS talk “Dopaminergic modulation of learning from social and individual sources” 13:45 15th April (here: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/84442761973)

Sophie Sowden’s EPS poster “Effects of dopamine D2 receptor antagonist Haloperidol on movement speed in a drawing task” (no. 28)

Bianca Schuster’s poster “Effects of the dopamine D2 receptor antagonist Haloperidol on mentalizing performance in healthy adults” (BNA no. TP001214)