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Digital phenotyping could help detect autism

Researchers have developed a screening tool for autism that uses computer vision and machine learning to analyze autism-related behaviors — but greater reliability and robust validation will be needed if such tools are to be used in primary care settings.

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This research was supported by a grant from the National Institute of Mental Health (R01MH08187), a grant from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (K23HD099275) and by the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative (624965, 977910).

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C.L. reports royalties from Western Psychological Services for diagnostic instruments, including the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), the Autism Diagnostic Interview-Revised (ADI-R) and the Social Communication Questionnaire (SCQ). She is also on the scientific advisory boards or projects for Tilray, Roche, Gateway, Springtide and Greenwich Biosciences. R.B.W. declares no competing interests.

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Lord, C., Wilson, R.B. Digital phenotyping could help detect autism. Nat Med 29, 2412–2413 (2023).

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