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:

Topics so far

  • 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)

Winter Term 2019/20

  • 21/28.02.2020         Topic: to be announced
    • Keypaper:
  • 24.01.2020                Topic: “ASD Einzeltherapie-Ansatz nach Dziobek”
    • Keypaper:
  • 13.12.2019                 Christmas Special: “The public image of autism fueled by the media”
  • 22.11.2019                 Topic: “Mu rhythm enhancement versus suppression-neurofeedback training in ASD” presented by Samaneh Dastgheib
    • Keypaper: de Vega, M., Padrón, I., Moreno, I. Z., García‐Marco, E., Domínguez, A., Marrero, H., & Hernández, S. (2019). Both the mirror and the affordance systems might be impaired in adults with high autistic traits. Evidence from EEG mu and beta rhythms. Autism Research.
    • Keypaper: Friedrich, E. V., Sivanathan, A., Lim, T., Suttie, N., Louchart, S., Pillen, S., & Pineda, J. A. (2015). An effective neurofeedback intervention to improve social interactions in children with autism spectrum disorder. Journal of autism and developmental disorders45(12), 4084-4100.
    • Keypaper: García Vite, T. K., Ayala Guerrero, F., Mateos Salgado, E. L., & Cebreros Paniagua, R. (2018). Characterization of the Mu rhythm during the sleep of children with autism spectrum disorder level 1. Salud Mental41(3), 109-116.
    • Keypaper: Pineda, J. A., Carrasco, K., Datko, M., Pillen, S., & Schalles, M. (2014). Neurofeedback training produces normalization in behavioural and electrophysiological measures of high-functioning autism. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences369(1644), 20130183.
  • 25.10.2019                  Topic: Coordination meeting

Summer Term 2019

  • 12.04.2019          Topic: “Summing up pre-/neonatal and early childhood brain growth and ASD”
    • Keypaper:  Blanken, L. M., Dass, A., Alvares, G., van der Ende, J., Schoemaker, N. K., El Marroun, H., … & Dissanayake, C. (2018). A prospective study of fetal head growth, autistic traits and autism spectrum disorder. Autism Research, 11(4), 602-612.
    • Keypaper: Bonnet‐Brilhault, F., Rajerison, T. A., Paillet, C., Guimard‐Brunault, M., Saby, A., Ponson, L., … & Roux, S. (2018). Autism is a prenatal disorder: Evidence from late gestation brain overgrowth. Autism Research, 11(12), 1635-1642.
  • 24.05.2019          Topic: “Overarousal hypotheses/ socioaffective-excitatory/inhibitory-imbalance model”
    • Keypaper:  Hadjikhani, N., Zurcher, N. R., Lassalle, A., Hippolyte, L., Ward, N., & Johnels, J. Å. (2017). The effect of constraining eye-contact during dynamic emotional face perception—an fMRI study. Social cognitive and affective neuroscience, 12(7), 1197-1207.
  • 05.07.2019          Topic: “Relationships between ASD, emotion recognition and autonomic measures”
    • Keypaper:  Bal, E., Harden, E., Lamb, D., Van Hecke, A. V., Denver, J. W., & Porges, S. W. (2010). Emotion recognition in children with autism spectrum disorders: Relations to eye gaze and autonomic state. Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 40(3), 358-370.
  • 26.07.2019          Topic: “Neurofeedback and HRV biofeedback” presented by Andy Schumann
    • Keypaper:  Lehrer, P. M., & Gevirtz, R. (2014). Heart rate variability biofeedback: how and why does it work?. Frontiers in psychology, 5, 756.
    • Keypaper:  Mather, M., & Thayer, J. F. (2018). How heart rate variability affects emotion regulation brain networks. Current opinion in behavioral sciences, 19, 98-104.

Winter Term 2018/19

  • 08.02.2019            Topic: “Abnormal brain growth in autism”
    • Keypaper: Courchesne, E., Campbell, K., Solso, S. Brain growth across the life span in autism: Age-specific changes in anatomical pathology. Brain Research, 1380:138-45, 2011
  • 25.01.2019          Topic: “BDNF- Brain Drive Neurotrophic Factor- A biomarker for ASD?” presented by Samaneh Dastgheib
    • Keypaper: Qin, X., Feng, J., Cao, C., Wu, H., Loh, Y., and Cheng, Y. (2016). Association of peripheral blood levels of brain-derived neurotrophic factor with autism spectrum disorder in children: a systematic review and meta-analysis. JAMA Pediatr. 170. doi: 10.1001/jamapediatrics.2016.1626
    • Keypaper: Saghazadeh, A., and Rezaei, N. (2017). Brain-derived neurotrophic factor levels in autism: a systematic review and meta-analysis. J. Autism Dev. Disord. 47. doi: 10.1007/s10803-016-3024-x
  • 14.12.2018          Christmas Special
  • 16.11.2018           Topic: “Imitation and emotion recognition in ASD” presented by Andrea Kowallik
    • Keypaper: Michael B. Lewis & Emily Dunn (2017) Instructions to mimic improve facial emotion recognition in people with sub-clinical autism traits, The Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 70:11, 2357-2370, DOI: 10.1080/17470218.2016.1238950
  • 26.10.2018          Topic: “Pupillometry and ASD” presented by Helene Kreysa and Dana Schneider
    • Keypaper: Nuske et al.: Reactivity to fearful expressions of familiar and unfamiliar people in children with autism: an eye-tracking pupillometry study. Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders 2014 6:14. doi:10.1186/1866-1955-6-14
    • Keypaper: Nuske HJ, Vivanti G, Dissanayake C. Others’ emotions teach, but not in autism: an eye-tracking pupillometry study. Mol Autism. 2016;7(1):36. doi: 10.1186/s13229-016-0098-4

Summer Term 2018

  • 28.09.2018           Topic: “Repetition suppression in autism and schizophrenia” presented by  Prof. Gyula Kovacs
    • Keypaper: Wacongne et al. (2012). A Neuronal Model of Predictive Coding Accounting for the Mismatch Negativity. The Journal of Neuroscience, 32(11), 3665–3678.
    • Keypaper: Sinha et al. (2014). Autism as a disorder of prediction. PNAS, 111(42), 15220–15225.
    • Keypaper: Fletcher & Frith (2009). Perceiving is believing: a Bayesian approach to explaining the positive symptoms of schizophrenia. Nature Reviews, Neuroscience, 10, 48-58.
  • 17.08.2018           Topic: “The relationship between ASD and Schizophrenia/Schizotypy” presented by Linda Ficco, Andrea Kowallik & Helene Kreysa
    • Keypaper: Chisholm et al. (2015). The association between autism and schizophrenia spectrum disorders: A review of eight alternate models of co-occurrence. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews 55 (2015) 173–183.
  • 13.07.2018           Topic: “ABA Therapie” presented by Justyna Przeperska
  • 15.06.2018           Topic: “Schizophrenia and autism as contrasting minds: neural evidence for the hypo-hyper-intentionality hypothesis” presented by Linda Ficco
  • 04.05.2018           Topic: “Neurofeedback and Autism” presented by Dr. Stella Färber & Prof. Stefan Schweinberger
  • 17.04.2018            Topic: “Voice Perception in Autism” presented by Dr. Schelinski (Max-Plank-Institute Leipzig)
  • 13.04.2018            Topic: “Soziales Fertigkeitentraining und dazugehörige personalisierte Ansätze & Differentiating early and late electrophysiological markers of empathy in individuals with high and low autistic traits” presented by Prof. Sven Bölte & Dr. Dana Schneider

Summer Term 2017

  • 11.08.2017           Topic: “Action presentation along the autism spectrum” presented by Carina Giesen
  • 14.07.2017           Topic: “Autism diagnosis in infants by brain scan” presented by Catarina Amado
  • 23.06.2017          Topic: “Psychotherapy on adults with highfunctioning autism” presented by Silke Lipinski
  • 07.04.2017          Topic: “Autism through the lens of a camera” presented by Gregor Hayn-Leichsenrin

Winter Term 2016/17

  • 17.03.2017           Topic: “Talk of a concerned mother & Romantic relationships among adults with ASD” presented by Gudrun Uhlig & Catarina Amado
    • Keypaper: 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.
  • 24.02.2017           Topic: “Auditory/Voice processing in ASD” presented by Romi Zäske
    • Keypaper: Schelinski 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. 
    • Keypaper: Schelinski et al. (2016). Voice identity processing in autism spectrum disorder. Autism Research, 10(1), 155-168. 
  • 20.01.2017           Topic: “The influence of oxytocin on social functioning and ASD” presented by Philipp Kanske & Katrin Preckel (MPI Leipzig)
    • Keypaper: Watanabe et al. (2015). Clinical and neural effects of six-week administration of oxytocin on core symptoms of autism. Brain, 138(11), 3400-3412. 
    • Keypaper: 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.
  • 16.12.2016           Christmas Special- Non Scientific Event on ASD
  • 18.11.2016           Topic: “Learning mechanisms in ASD” presented by Katharina Limbach
    • Keypaper: Bo et al. (2016). Do children with autism spectrum disorders have motor learning difficulties? Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 23, 50-62.  
  • 14.10.2016           Topic: “Emotion Regulation in Autism Spectrum Disorder” presented by Claudia Menzel
    • Keypaper: Mazefesky 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.
    • Keypaper: Samson et al. (2012). Emotion Regulation in Asperger’s Syndrome and High-Functioning Autism. Emotion, 12(4), 659-665.

Summer Term 2016

  • 16.09.2016           Topic: “The Intense World Theory of Autism” presented by Catarina Amado
    • Keypaper: Markram et al. (2007). The intense world syndrome–an alternative hypothesis for autism. Frontiers in Neuroscience, 1(1), 77-96.  
  • 19.08.2016           Topic: “Autism & Creativity” presented by Marlena Itz
    • Keypaper: Best 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.
  • 15.07.2016           Topic: “The Extreme Male Brain Hypothesis of ASD” presented by Gregor Hayn-Leichsenring
    • Keypaper: Baron-Cohen (2002). The extreme male brain theory of autism. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 6(6), 248-254.
  • 17.06.2016            Topic: “Genetics in ASD” presented by Christpoph Redies
    • Keypaper: de la Torre et al. (2016). Advancing the understanding of autism disease mechanisms through genetics. Nature Medicine Review, 22(4), 345-361.
  • 20.05.2016           Topic: “Autism research with autistic traits in the general population” presented by Carina Giesen
    • Keypaper: Baron-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.  

Winter Term 2015/16

  • 18.03.2016           Topic: “A duet for one. Sychrony in Dual Interactions & WGAS 2016 report” presented by Helene Kreysa & Verena Skuk
    • Keypaper: Friston, & Frith (2015). A duet for one. Consciousness and Cognition, 36, 390-405.
  • 19.02.2016            Topic: “Autism in Adulthood” presented by Gregor Hayn-Leichsenring & Claudia Menzel
    • Keypaper: Magiati 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.
  • 15.01.2016             Topic: “Gender Differences in ASD & Person Perception in ASD” presented by Dana Schneider & Stefan Schweinberger
    • Keypaper: Werling, & Geschwind (2013). Sex differences in autism spectrum disorders. Current Opinion in Neurology, 26(2), 146-153.;                                
    • Keypaper: 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.
  • 27.11.2015             Topic: “Broken Mirror Neuron Theory in ASD” presented by Katharina Limbach
    • Keypaper: Southgate (2008). Unbroken mirrors: Challenging a theory of autism. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 12(6), 225-229.
  • 30.10.2015            Topic: “Predictive Coding in ASD” presented by Christoph Redies
    • Keypaper: Van de Cruys et al. (2014). Precise minds in uncertain worlds: Predictive coding in autism. Psychological Review, 121(4), 649-675.

Summer Term 2015

  • 18.09.2015           Topic: “Social Motivation in ASD” presented by Carina Giesen
    • Keypaper: Chevallier et al. (2012). The social motivation theory of autism. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 16(4), 231-239.
  • 07.08.2015           Topic: “Eye Contact in Children with ASD” presented by Helene Kreysa
    • Keypaper: Falck-Ytter et al. (2015). Eye Contact Modulates Cognitive Processing Differently in Children With Autism. Child Development, 86(1), 37-47.
  • 10.07.2015            Topic: “Mouse models in ASD” presented by Gregor Hayn-Leichsenring
    • Keypaper: Hamilton et al. (2011). Multiple Multiple autism-like behaviors in a novel transgenic mouse model. Behavioural Brain Research, 218(1), 29-41.
  • 17.04.2015            Topic: “Antioxidant treatment in ASD & WGAS 2015 news” presented by Dana Schneider & Jürgen Kaufmann
    • Keypaper: Singh 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.