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New method for detecting early signs of autism goes global

February 20, 2014

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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 […]