ASD Journal Club

The research group meets regularly for a reading seminar once in a month, Friday, 9 – 11 am in the conference room, 18th floor of JenTower. Usually, we present and critically discuss a research article on an ASD-related research topic. Everyone who is interested is very welcome to join and to propose articles to read in the next seminar(s).

If you would like to be included in the mailing list for the reading seminar, please contact Dana Schneider: dana.schneider@uni-jena.de

Open Topics

  • low functioning ASD
  • current therapy for ASD (early intervention, therapy for adults, pharmacological therapy, etc.)
  • learning mechanisms in ASD
  • schizophrenia versus autismus: The Hypo-Hyper-Intentionality hypothesis
  • psycho-social functioning and life satisfaction in adults with ASD
  • reduced cortical thickness in children with ASD
  • prospective memory in ASD
  • savant abilities in ASD
  • the role of testosterone in ASD
  • emotion regulation in ASD
  • face processing in ASD
  • autism and art (art therapy)
  • autism in other species (mice, rats, birds, dogs, non-human primates)

Topics so far

Person Perception Research Seminars: Current Topics in Autism Research: WiSe2016 /17 (01.10.2016-31.03.2017)
DATETOPICKEYPAPERPRESENTER
17.03.2017Talk of a concerned mother

Romantic relationships among adults with ASD

Strunz et al. (2016). Romantic Relationships and Relationship Satisfaction Among Adults With Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 73(1), 113-125.
Gudrun Uhlig

Catarina Amado

24.02.2017Auditory/Voice processing in ASDSchelinski et al. (2016). Temporal voice areas exist in autism spectrum disorder but are dysfunctional for voice identity recognition. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 11(11), 1812-1822.

Schelinski et al. (2016). Voice identity processing in autism spectrum disorder. Autism Research, 10(1), 155-168.

Romi Zäske
20.01.2017The influence of oxytocin on social functioning and ASDWatanabe et al. (2015). Clinical and neural effects of six-week administration of oxytocin on core symptoms of autism. Brain, 138(11), 3400-3412.

Kanske et al. (2016). Are strong empathizers better mentalizers? Evidence for independence and interaction between the routes of social cognition. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 11(9), 1383-1392.

Philipp Kanske & Katrin Preckel (MPI Leipzig)
16.12.2016Christmas Special- Non Scientific Event on ASD
18.11.2016Learning mechanisms in ASDBo et al. (2016). Do children with autism spectrum disorders have motor learning difficulties? Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 23, 50-62. Katharina Limbach
14.10.2016Emotion Regulation in Autism Spectrum DisorderMazefesky et al. (2013). The Role of Emotion Regulation in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 52(7), 679–688.

Samson et al. (2012). Emotion Regulation in Asperger’s Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism. Emotion, 12(4), 659-665.

Claudia Menzel
Person Perception Research Seminars: Current Topics in Autism Research: SoSe2016 (01.04.2016-30.09.2016)
DATETOPICKEYPAPERPRESENTER
16.09.2016The Intense World Theory of AutismMarkram et al. (2007). The intense world syndrome–an alternative hypothesis for autism. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 1(1), 77-96. Catarina Amado
19.08.2016Autism & CreativityBest et al. (2015). The Relationship Between Subthreshold Autistic Traits, Ambiguous Figure Perception and Divergent Thinking. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45(12), 4064-4073.Marlena Itz
15.07.2016The Extreme Male Brain Hypothesis of ASDBaron-Cohen (2002). The extreme male brain theory of autism. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 6(6), 248-254.

Gregor Hayn-Leichsenring
17.06. 2016Genetics in ASDde la Torre et al. (2016). Advancing the understanding of autism disease mechanisms through genetics. Nature Medicine Review, 22(4), 345-361.Christpoph Redies
20.05.2016Autism research with autistic traits in the general populationBaron-Cohen et al. (2001). The Autism-Spectrum Quotient (AQ): Evidence from Asperger Syndrome/High-Functioning Autism, Malesand Females, Scientists and Mathematicians. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 31(1), 5-17. Carina Giesen
Person Perception Research Seminars: Current Topics in Autism Research: WiSe2015 /16 (01.10.2015-31.03.2016)
DATETOPICKEYPAPERPRESENTER
18.03.2016A duet for one. Sychrony in Dual Interactions & WGAS 2016 reportFriston, & Frith (2015). A duet for one. Consciousness and Cognition, 36, 390-405.Helene Kreysa & Verena Skuk
19.02.2016Autism in AdulthoodMagiati et al. (2014). Cognitive, language, social and behavioural outcomes in adults with autism spectrum disorders: A systematic review of longitudinal follow-up studies in adulthood. Clinical Psychology Review, 34(1), 73-86. Gregor Hayn-Leichsenring & Claudia Menzel
15.01.2016Gender Differences in ASD & Person Perception in ASDWerling, & Geschwind (2013). Sex differences in autism spectrum disorders. Current Opinion in Neurology, 26(2), 146-153.

Rhodes et al. (2013). Autistic traits are linked to reduced adaptive coding of face identity and selectively poorer face recognition in men but not women. Neuropsychologia, 51(13), 2702-2708.

Dana Schneider & Stefan Schweinberger
27.11. 2015Broken Mirror Neuron Theory in ASDSouthgate (2008). Unbroken mirrors: Challenging a theory of autism. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 12(6), 225-229.Katharina Limbach
30.10.2015Predictive Coding in ASDVan de Cruys et al. (2014). Precise minds in uncertain worlds: Predictive coding in autism. Psychological Review, 121(4), 649-675.Christoph Redies
Person Perception Research Seminars: Current Topics in Autism Research: SoSe2015 (01.04.2015-30.09.2015)
DATETOPICKEYPAPERPRESENTER
18.09.2015Social Motivation in ASDChevallier et al. (2012). The social motivation theory of autism. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 16(4), 231-239.Carina Giesen
07.08.2015Eye Contact in Children with ASDFalck-Ytter et al. (2015). Eye Contact Modulates Cognitive Processing Differently in Children With Autism. Child Development, 86(1), 37-47.Helene Kreysa
10.07.2015Mouse models in ASDHamilton et al. (2011). Multiple Multiple autism-like behaviors in a novel transgenic mouse model. Behavioural Brain Research, 218(1), 29-41. Gregor Hayn-Leichsenring
17.04.2015Antioxidant treatment in ASD & WGAS 2015 newsSingh et al. (2014). Sulforaphane treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111(43), 15550-15555.Dana Schneider & Jürgen Kaufmann

Reference list

Baron-Cohen, S., Wheelwright, S., Skinner, R., Martin, J., & Clubley, E. (2001). The Autism-Spectrum Quotient (AQ): Evidence from Asperger Syndrome/High-Functioning Autism, Males and Females, Scientists and Mathematicians. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 31(1), 5-17. doi:10.1023/A:1005653411471

Baron-Cohen, S. (2002). The extreme male brain theory of autism. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 6(6), 248-254. doi:10.1016/S1364-6613(02)01904-6

Best, C., Arora, S., Porter, F., & Doherty, M. (2015). The Relationship Between Subthreshold Autistic Traits, Ambiguous Figure Perception and Divergent Thinking. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45(12), 4064-4073. doi:10.1007/s10803-015-2518-2

Bo, J., Lee, C.-M., Colbert, A., & Shen, B. (2016). Do children with autism spectrum disorders have motor learning difficulties? Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 23, 50-62. doi:10.1016/j.rasd.2015.12.001

Chevallier, C., Kohls, G., Troiani, V., Brodkin, E. S., & Schultz, R. T. (2012). The social motivation theory of autism. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 16(4), 231-239. doi:10.1016/j.tics.2012.02.007

de la Torre-Ubieta, L., Won, H., Stein, J. L., & Geschwind, D. H. (2016). Advancing the understanding of autism disease mechanisms through genetics. Nature medicine, 22(4), 345-361. doi:10.1038/nm.4071

Falck‐Ytter, T., Carlström, C., & Johansson, M. (2015). Eye Contact Modulates Cognitive Processing Differently in Children With Autism. Child Development, 86(1), 37-47. doi:10.1111/cdev.12273

Friston, K., & Frith, C. (2015). A duet for one. Consciousness and cognition, 36, 390-405. doi:10.1016/j.concog.2014.12.003

Hamilton, S. M., Spencer, C. M., Harrison, W. R., Yuva-Paylor, L. A., Graham, D. F., Daza, R. A., … & Paylor, R. (2011). Multiple autism-like behaviors in a novel transgenic mouse model. Behavioural Brain Research, 218(1), 29-41.  doi:10.1016/j.bbr.2010.11.026

Kanske, P., Böckler, A., Trautwein, F. M., Parianen Lesemann, F. H., & Singer, T. (2016). Are strong empathizers better mentalizers? Evidence for independence and interaction between the routes of social cognition. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 11(9), 1383-1392. doi:10.1093/scan/nsw052

Magiati, I., Tay, X. W., & Howlin, P. (2014). Cognitive, language, social and behavioural outcomes in adults with autism spectrum disorders: A systematic review of longitudinal follow-up studies in adulthood. Clinical Psychology Review, 34(1), 73-86. doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2013.11.002

Markram, H., Rinaldi, T., & Markram, K. (2007). The intense world syndrome - an alternative hypothesis for autism. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 1(1), 77-96. doi:10.3389/neuro.01.1.1.006.2007

Mazefesky, C. A., Herrington, J., Siegel, M., Scarpa, A., Maddox, B. B., Scahill, L., & White, S. W. (2013). The Role of Emotion Regulation in Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 52(7), 679–688. doi:10.1016/j.jaac.2013.05.006 (https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3719386/)

Rhodes, G., Jeffery, L., Taylor, L., & Ewing, L. (2013). Autistic traits are linked to reduced adaptive coding of face identity and selectively poorer face recognition in men but not women. Neuropsychologia, 51(13), 2702-2708. doi:10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2013.08.016

Samson, A. C., Huber, O., & Gross, J. J. (2012). Emotion Regulation in Asperger’s Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism. Emotion, 12(4), 659-665. doi:10.1037/a0027975

Schelinski, S., Borowiak, K., & von Kriegstein, K. (2016). Temporal voice areas exist in autism spectrum disorder but are dysfunctional for voice identity recognition. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience, 11(11), 1812-1822. doi: 10.1093/scan/nsw089

Schelinski, S., Roswandowitz, C., & von Kriegstein, K. (2016). Voice identity processing in autism spectrum disorder. Autism Research, 10(1), 155-168. doi:10.1002/aur.1639.

Singh, K., Connors, S. L., Macklin, E. A., Smith, K. D., Fahey, J. W., Talalay, P., & Zimmerman, A. W. (2014). Sulforaphane treatment of autism spectrum disorder (ASD). Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America, 111(43), 15550-15555. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1416940111

Southgate, V., & Hamilton, A. F. D. C. (2008). Unbroken mirrors: Challenging a theory of autism. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 12(6), 225-229. doi:10.1016/j.tics.2008.03.005

Strunz, S., Schermuck, C., Ballerstein, S., Ahlers, C. J., Dziobek, I., & Roepkel, S. (2016). Romantic Relationships and Relationship Satisfaction Among Adults With Asperger Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 73(1), 113-125. doi: 10.1002/jclp.22319

Van de Cruys, S., Evers, K., Van der Hallen, R., Van Eylen, L., Boets, B., de-Wit, L., Wagemans (2014). Precise minds in uncertain worlds: Predictive coding in autism. Psychological Review, 121(4), 649-675.  doi:10.1037/a0037665

Watanabe, T., Kuroda, M., Kuwabara, H., Aoki, Y., Iwashiro, N., Tatsunobu, N., … Yamasue, H. (2015). Clinical and neural effects of six-week administration of oxytocin on core symptoms of autism. Brain, 138(11), 3400-3412. doi:10.1093/brain/awv249

Werling, D. M., & Geschwind, D. H. (2013). Sex differences in autism spectrum disorders. Current Opinion in Neurology, 26(2), 146-153. doi:10.1097/WCO.0b013e32835ee548