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Emily Morson
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IU Bloomington Neuroscience/Cognitive Science PhD student who loves all things geeky, pretty, and thought-provoking. Braiiiiiiiins.
IU Bloomington Neuroscience/Cognitive Science PhD student who loves all things geeky, pretty, and thought-provoking. Braiiiiiiiins.

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What is joint attention, and are we defining it wrong?
Most humans have an important skill: the ability to share attention.  That is, they can pay attention to the same thing, knowing that the other person is also attending to and thinking about it.  The ability to share attention with another person enables al...

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All the #NeurodiverseSTEM Chats in One Place, At Last!
In 2015, Elizabeth Bartmess , Diana Crow , and I https://twitter.com/mosaicofminds co-ran the #NeurodiverseSTEM Twitter chats, a biweekly forum for discussing the circumstances of neurodivergent people in STEM fields . Elizabeth Storified each session , but...

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Why we reason badly about people with DSM diagnoses, but we should use these labels anyway
One extremely powerful aspect of human reasoning is our ability to draw inferences about members of a category. For example, let's say you've just learned that there is such a thing as an okapi , and it's a mammal. You will conclude that the okapi probably ...

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ADHD Tipping Points: Why people with ADHD suddenly seem to fall apart, and what you can do about it
In a recent webinar, ADHD coach and mother of an ADHD son Laurie Dupar introduced the concept of a " tipping point. "  In her coaching practice, Laurie met many people diagnosed as adults as late as middle age. Often, they had functioned well in school, at ...

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New edition: How do developmental psychologists think?
[This is the new and improved version of an old post , cross-posted from Medium]. Courtesy of Shutterstock. A developmental psychologist researches how people’s minds change over their lifetime. Most study babies or children, but some focus on adolescence o...

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Can we diagnose autism using a brain scan?
[Crossposted from Medium]. It seems like every day, a news story breathlessly  claims  that neuroscientists have found a way to reliably diagnose autism using neuroimaging (usually, fMRI). So, could you go to a hospital, ask for an MRI scan, and be told wit...

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Neurotypical babies' social behavior takes off as their attention to social input plummets: Why we should be wary of autism theories based on attention to people vs. objects
During the second half of the first year, usually around nine months, most babies learn to share attention with others by alternating their gaze between another person and an object. Their repertoire of social gestures expands enormously, too. With such a r...

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Does language develop differently in autism? [Summary of book chapter]
Image courtesy of ShutterStock. When autism first appeared in the "diagnostic bible," the 1980 Diagnostic and Statistical Manual, one of the few criteria for diagnosis was "gross deficits in language development" (APA, 1980).  Autism was once associated wit...
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