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See here for an article written by Lydia for Spectrum entitled: Ways to make autism research more diverse and inclusive. The article summarises the top takeaways from our U21 international panel event “Let’s talk about autism: diversity & inclusion”.

Congratulations to Jen for being awarded the Excellence in Doctoral Research Supervision Award for the College of Life and Environmental Sciences!

Dopaminergic modulation of dynamic emotion perception: 

By controlling for interindividual differences in baseline dopamine function we revealed effects of haloperidol on emotion recognition in healthy individuals and investigated potential mechanistic pathways via which dopamine may modulate emotion recognition. Our findings suggest that dopamine may influence emotion recognition via its effects on temporal processing, providing new directions for future research on typical and atypical emotion recognition.

Schuster, B., Sowden, S., Rybicki, A., Fraser, D., Press, C., Cook, J.L. (in press). Dopaminergic modulation of dynamic emotion perception. Journal of Neuroscience — preprint — data & code


New paper out now in eLife: Haloperidol comparably affects learning from social and non-social sources when they are the primary source of information but does not affect learning from (social or non-social) secondary sources, providing evidence in support of domain-general neurochemical mechanisms underpinning social learning

Rybicki, A., Schuster, B., Sowden, S., Cook, J. L. (2022). Dopaminergic challenge dissociates learning from primary versus secondary sources of information. eLife. 11:e74893 — preprint — link 
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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.