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The mission of the ARC is to understand the biomedical causes of autism spectrum conditions, and develop new and validated methods for assessment and intervention. The ARC fosters collaboration between scientists in Cambridge University and outside, to accelerate this mission.

Recent ARC Press Releases

Study of half a million people reveals sex and job predict how many autistic traits you have

Study assesses Autism-Spectrum Quotient (AQ) scores in a ‘big data’ sample collected through the UK Channel 4 television website, following the broadcasting of a medical education program. DETAILS »

Recent ARC Publications

The EU-Emotion Stimulus Set: A validation study

H O’Reilly, D Pigat, S Fridenson, S Berggren, S Tal, O Golan, S Bölte, S Baron-Cohen, D Lundqvist

Sex and STEM Occupation Predict Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ) Scores in Half a Million People

E. Ruzich, C. Allison, B. Chakrabarti, P. Smith, H. Musto, H. Ring, S. Baron-Cohen

Atypically Rightward Cerebral Asymmetry in Male Adults With Autism Stratifies Individuals With and Without Language Delay

D Floris, M-C Lai, T Auer, M Lombardo, C Ecker, B Chakrabarti, S Wheelwright, E Bullmore, D Murphy, S Baron-Cohen, J Suckling

Whole-brain functional hypoconnectivity as an endophenotype of autism in adolescents

R Moseley, R Ypma, R Holt, D Floris, L Chura, M Spencer, S Baron-Cohen, J Suckling, E Bullmore, M. Rubinov

Exploring the quantitative nature of empathy, systemising and autistic traits using factor mixture modelling

R Grove, A Baillie, C Allison, S Baron-Cohen, R Hoekstra

Reduced perceptual exclusivity during object and grating rivalry in autism

J. Freyberg, C. Robertson, S Baron-Cohen

Lancet book review: Leo Kanner, Hans Asperger, and the discovery of autism, by Steve Silberman

s Baron-Cohen

Hero or collaborator? Simon Baron-Cohen wonders whether the humane Hans Asperger may finally have betrayed the vulnerable children in his care in Nazi-occupied Vienna

S Baron-Cohen

The “Reading the Mind in the Eyes” Test: Complete Absence of Typical Sex Difference in ~400 Men and Women with Autism

S Baron-Cohen, D Bowen, R Holt, C Allison, B Auyeung, M Lombardo, P Smith, M-C Lai

A comprehensive meta-analysis of common genetic variants in autism spectrum conditions

V Warrier, V Chee, P Smith, B Chakrabarti, S Baron-Cohen

A Pooled Genome-Wide Association Study of Asperger Syndrome

V Warrier, B Chakrabarti, L Murphy, A Chan, I Craig, U Mallya, S Lakatošová, K Rehnstrom, L Peltonen, S Wheelwright, C Allison, S Fisher, S Baron-Cohen

Enhanced Visual Search in Infancy Predicts Emerging Autism Symptoms

T Gliga, R Bedford, T Charman, M Johnson,The BASIS Team

Musical Preferences are Linked to Cognitive Styles

D Greenberg, S Baron-Cohen, D Stillwell, M Kosinski, P Rentfrow

Testing the ‘Extreme Female Brain’ Theory of Psychosis in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder with or without Co-Morbid Psychosis

F Larson, M-C Lai, A Wagner, MRC AIMS Consortium¶, S Baron-Cohen, A Holland

Predicting the rate of language development from early motor skills in at-risk infants who develop autism spectrum disorder

H Leonard, R Bedford, A Pickles, E Hill, the BASIS Team

The psychometric properties of the Quantitative-Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (Q-CHAT) as a measure of autistic traits in a community sample of Singaporean infants and toddlers

I Magiati, D Goh, S Lim, D Gan, J Leong, C Allison, S Baron-Cohen, A Rifkin-Graboi, B Broekman, S-M Saw, Y Chong, K Kwek, P Gluckman, S Lim, M Meaney

Altered Resting-State Frontoparietal Control Network in Children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

H-Y Lin, W-Y I Tseng, M-C Lai, K Matsuo, S S-F Gau

Regional brain volume differences between males with and without autism spectrum disorder are highly age-dependent

H-Y Lin, H-C Ni, M-C Lai, W-Y I Tseng, S Gau

Exploring the Underdiagnosis and Prevalence of Autism Spectrum Conditions in Beijing

X Sun, C Allison, F Matthews, Z Zhang, B Auyeung, S Baron-Cohen, C Brayne

Understanding autism in the light of sex/gender

M-C Lai, S Baron-Cohen, J Buxbaum

The Cambridge Mindreading Face-Voice Battery for Children (CAM-C): complex emotion recognition in children with and without autism spectrum conditions

O Golan, Y Sinai-Gavrilov, S Baron-Cohen

Different Functional Neural Substrates for Good and Poor Language Outcome in Autism

M Lombardo, K Pierce, L Eyler, C Carter Barnes, C Ahrens-Barbeau, S Solso, K Campbell, E Courchesne

Rasch Modeling and Confirmatory Factor Analysis of the Systemizing Quotient-Revised (SQ-R) Scale

C Allison, S Baron-Cohen, M Stone, S Muncer

The ‘‘Reading the Mind in the Eyes’’ Test: Investigation of Psychometric Properties and Test–Retest Reliability of the Persian Version

B Khorashad, S Baron-Cohen, G Roshan, M Kazemian, L Khazai, Z Aghili, A Talaei, M Afkhamizadeh

Investigating the Structure of the Autism-Spectrum Quotient Using Mokken Scaling

M Stewart, C Allison, S Baron-Cohen, R Watson

Validation of existing diagnosis of autism in mainland China using standardised diagnostic instruments

X Sun, C Allison, B Auyeung, Z Zhang, F Matthews, S Baron-Cohen, Carol Brayne

Developmental white matter microstructure in autism phenotype and corresponding endophenotype during adolescence

D Lisiecka, R Holt, R Tait, M Ford, M-C Lai, L Chura, S Baron-Cohen, M Spencer, J Suckling

Genetic variant rs17225178 in the ARNT2 gene is associated with Asperger Syndrome

A Di Napoli, V Warrier, S Baron-Cohen, B Chakrabarti

Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Adults with High-Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder: What Does Self-Report with the OCI-R Tell Us?

T Cadman, D Spain, P Johnston, A Russell, D Mataix-Cols, M Craig, Q Deeley, D Robertson, C Murphy, N Gillan, C Wilson, M Mendez, C Ecker, E Daly, J Findon, K Glaser, MRC AIMS Consortium, F Happe, Declan Murphy

Prediction of Autism by Translation and Immune/ Inflammation Coexpressed Genes in Toddlers From Pediatric Community Practices

T Pramparo, K Pierce, M Lombardo, C Carter Barnes, S Marinero, C Ahrens-Barbeau, S Murray, L Lopez, R Xu, E Courchesne

Relationship Between Surface-Based Brain Morphometric Measures and Intelligence in Autism Spectrum Disorders: Influence of History of Language Delay

J Balardin, J Sato, G Vieira, Yeu Feng, E Daly, C Murphy, MRC AIMS Consortium, D Murphy, C Ecker

Shorter spontaneous fixation durations in infants with later emerging autism

S Wass, E Jones, T Gliga, T Smith, T Charman, M Johnson, The BASIS team

Behavioural markers for autism in infancy: Scores on the Autism Observational Scale for Infants in a prospective study of at-risk siblings

I Gammer, R Bedford, M Elsabbagh, H Garwood, G Pasco, L Tucker, A Volein, M Johnson, T Charman, The BASIS Team

Sex/Gender Differences and Autism: Setting the Scene for Future Research

M-C Lai, M Lombardo, B Auyeung, B Chakrabarti, S Baron-Cohen

Oxytocin increases eye contact during a real-time, naturalistic social interaction in males with and without autism

B Auyeung, M Lombardo, M Heinrichs, B Chakrabarti, A Sule, J Deakin, R Bethlehem, L Dickens, N Mooney, J Sipple, P Thiemann, S Baron-Cohen

Atypical integration of social cues for orienting to gaze direction in adults with autism

C Ashwin, J Hietanen, S Baron-Cohen

Hyperconnectivity of the Right Posterior Temporo-parietal Junction Predicts Social Difficulties in Boys with Autism Spectrum Disorder

Hsiang-Yun Chien, Hsiang-Yuan Lin, Meng-Chuan Lai, Susan Shur-Fen Gau, Wen-Yih Isaac Tseng

Measuring autistic traits in the general population: a systematic review of the Autism-Spectrum Quotient (AQ) in a nonclinical population sample of 6,900 typical adult males and females

E Ruzich, C Allison, P Smith, P Watson, B Auyeung, Howard Ring, S Baron-Cohen

Dissociation between cognitive and affective empathy in youth with Asperger Syndrome

P. Rueda, P. Fernández-Berrocal, S. Baron-Cohen

Can Music Increase Empathy?

D Greenberg, P Rentfrow, S Baron-Cohen

Sex differences in the neural basis of false-belief and pragmatic language comprehension

C K Frank, S Baron-Cohen, B L Ganzel

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