Medication strategies may improve sociability in autism
Social settings can be not only overwhelming, but also debilitating for some people diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD). Recent research from scientists with EVMS Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences shows promising results in helping some with ASD overcome the challenges that such social interactions may cause.
The studies — one a laboratory-based study using mice and the other a small clinical trial — explored different compounds that stimulate a receptor in the brain that is known to affect sociability and cognition. The results of the studies showed improvements in both sociability and spatial working memory.
The research adds to the body of evidence generated by EVMS scientists that targeting this specific receptor can be an effective strategy for helping some people with ASD improve their socialization.