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New method for detecting early signs of autism goes global

February 20, 2014


In a breakthrough technique  embraced across the world, La Trobe psychologist Dr Josephine Barbaro has determined a way to diagnose autism in babies as young as 12 months. She has developed an accurate set of ‘red flag’ markers of the condition, which include a failure by babies to make consistent eye contact, to smile, show […]

Psychology embraces La Trobe work on ‘New Statistics’

December 2, 2013


The world’s largest scientific psychology organisation from next year will encourage authors in its highly influential global scientific journal Psychological Science to use what for them will be a radically different statistical method to report their research findings. The move by the Washington-based Association for Psychological Science (APS) to embrace the ‘New Statistics’ follows the […]

Religion and the ‘curse of literalism’

June 19, 2012


Dr David Tacey, Associate Professor in Humanities and Social Sciences, has challenged the church at a critical time claiming it can do itself, and its supporters, a favour by not taking messages so literally. ‘The churches have failed to understand that the scriptures are primarily poetry and myth, not history. They have misread mythology as […]

‘Honorary Gran’ fights for better child autism services

April 5, 2012


The best ‘medicine’ is early identification and early intervention – and too many children are not getting it.  Olga Tennison – one of Australia’s most generous benefactors for research into Autism Spectrum Disorders – has been made ‘honorary grandmother’ to some 20 children with autism. Based at La Trobe University in Melbourne, they are the […]

Look here! Research toward earlier autism diagnosis

January 30, 2012


Measuring how a baby’s brain reacts to shifts in eye contact might help predict the development of autism symptoms from as young as six months, a new study has found. La Trobe University psychologist Dr Kristelle Hudry, from the Olga Tennison Autism Research Centre on the Melbourne campus, is one of the key researchers in […]