The Eunice Kennedy Shriver Center at UMass Medical School has a rich history of supporting research, education, and service aimed at improving the quality of life for persons with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) and their families. Our research covers a wide range of topics related to IDD. We create and deliver training programs that teach and train those who want to enhance the lives of people with disabilities. We develop and provide a range of information and resources to individuals with IDD and autism spectrum disorder and their families – plus clinicians, educators, and human services agencies. This collection showcases journal articles and other publications and presentations written by faculty and researchers at the Shriver Center.

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Publications from 2015

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Stimulus control in a go/no-go procedure with compound stimuli with pigeons, Heloisa Cursi Campos, Paula Debert, Karen M. Lionello-DeNolf, and William J. McIlvane

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Educating Dental Health Professionals about People with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Christine J. Clifford, Alexandra Bonardi, and Matthew Holder

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Including Youth with Intellectual Disabilities in Health Promotion Research: Development and Reliability of a Structured Interview to Assess the Correlates of Physical Activity among Youth, Carol Curtin, Linda G. Bandini, Aviva Must, Sarah Phillips, Melissa C. T. Maslin, Charmaine B. Lo, James Gleason, Richard K. Fleming, and Heidi I. Stanish

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Food Selectivity, Mealtime Behavior Problems, Spousal Stress, and Family Food Choices in Children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder, Carol Curtin, Kristie Hubbard, S. E. Anderson, Eric O. Mick, Aviva Must, and Linda G. Bandini

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Discrimination and Reversal Learning by Toddlers Aged 15-23 Months, Naiara Minto de Sousa, Maria Stella Coutinho de Alcantara Gil, and William J. McIlvane

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Quantitative Measures of Craniofacial Dysmorphology in a Family Study of Schizophrenia and Bipolar Illness, Curtis K. Deutsch, Deborah L. Levy, Selya F.R. Price, J Alexander Bodkin, Lenore Boling, Michael J. Coleman, Fred Johnson, Jan Lerbinger, Steven Matthysse, and Philip S. Holzman

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"Look who's talking!" Gaze Patterns for Implicit and Explicit Audio-Visual Speech Synchrony Detection in Children With High-Functioning Autism, Ruth B. Grossman, Erin Steinhart, Teresa V. Mitchell, and William J. McIlvane

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Barriers to Physical Activity in Children With Autism Spectrum Disorders: Relationship to Physical Activity and Screen Time, Aviva Must, Sarah Phillips, Carol Curtin, and Linda G. Bandini

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Functional analysis of problem behavior: A systematic approach for identifying idiosyncratic variables, Eileen M. Roscoe, Kevin J. Schlichenmeyer, and William V. Dube

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Stimulus Fading and Response Elaboration in Differential Reinforcement for Alternative Behavior, Kevin J. Schlichenmeyer, William V. Dube, and Mariela Vargas-Irwin

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Innovations in Behavioral Intervention Preparation for Paraprofessionals Working with Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Richard W. Serna, Harold E. Lobo, Cindy K. Fleming, Carol Curtin, Michelle M. Foran, and Charles D. Hamad

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Physical Activity Enjoyment, Perceived Barriers, and Beliefs Among Adolescents With and Without Intellectual Disabilities, Heidi I. Stanish, Carol Curtin, Aviva Must, Sarah Phillips, Melissa C. T. Maslin, and Linda G. Bandini

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Emergency preparedness of families of children with developmental disabilities: what public health and safety emergency planners need to know, Susan Wolf-Fordham, Carol Curtin, Melissa C. T. Maslin, Linda G. Bandini, and Charles D. Hamad

Publications from 2014

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Generalized Identity Matching to Sample after Multiple-Exemplar Training in Capuchin Monkeys, Ana Leda Brino, Olavo F. Galvao, Carlos R. F. Picanco, Romariz S. Barros, Carlos B. A. Souza, Paulo R. K. Goulart, and William J. McIlvane

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Systematic Review of Evidence of Interventions Addressing Disparities in Oral Health for Adults with Intellectual Disabilities: Year 2, Christine J. Clifford, Alexandra Bonardi, and Matthew Holder

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Lead levels in the breast milk of nursing Andean mothers living in a lead-contaminated environment, S. Allen Counter, Leo H. Buchanan, Fernando Ortega, Roberto Chiriboga, Rommy Correa, and Maria Angela Collaguaso

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Obesity in children with autism spectrum disorder, Carol Curtin, Mirjana Jojic, and Linda G. Bandini

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Blank-comparison matching-to-sample reveals a false positive symmetry test in a capuchin monkey, Ana Leda de Faria Brino, Rodolfo da Silva Campos, Olavo de Faria Galvao, and William J. McIlvane

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The potential influence of stimulus overselectivity in AAC: information from eye tracking and behavioral studies of attention with individuals with intellectual disabilities, William V. Dube and Krista M. Wilkinson

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Discovering Behavioral Intervention: A Parent’s Interactive Guide to ABA, Richard K. Fleming, Carol Curtin, Cheryl A. Gray, and Charles D. Hamad

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Rapid generation of balanced trial distributions for discrimination learning procedures: A technical note, Christophe J. Gerard, Harry A. MacKay, Brooks Thompson, and William J. McIlvane

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Controlling Relations in Stimulus Equivalence Classes of Preschool Children and Individuals with Down Syndrome, Priscila C. Grisante, Julio C. de Rose, and William J. McIlvane

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A comparison of food refusal related to characteristics of food in children with autism spectrum disorder and typically developing children, Kristie L. Hubbard, Sarah E. Anderson, Carol Curtin, Aviva Must, and Linda G. Bandini

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Nasal Morphology of the Chinese: Three-Dimensional Reference Values for Rhinoplasty, Yasas S. N. Jayaratne, Curtis K. Deutsch, and Roger A. Zwahlen

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Stereophotogrammetry-based facial depth measurements: a novel method for quantifying facial projection, Yasas S. N. Jayaratne, Curtis K. Deutsch, and Roger A. Zwahlen

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Emily Lauer and Courtney Dutra on Person-Centered Evaluation: Aging and Disability Services, Emily Lauer and Courtney Dutra

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Thematic Matching as Remedial Teaching for Symbolic Matching for Individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder, Karen M. Lionello-DeNolf, Rachel Farber, B. Max Jones, and William V. Dube

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Colaboração Programática entre Brasil e EUA na Análise do Comportamento: Uma História do PRONEX (Programmatic Collaboration between Brazil and the United States in the Analysis of Behavior: The PRONEX Story), William J. McIlvane

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Rapid Teaching of Arbitrary Matching in Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities, Greg Morro, Harry A. MacKay, and Michael T. Carlin

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Obesity Prevention for Children with Developmental Disabilities, Aviva Must, Carol Curtin, Kristie Hubbard, Linmarie Sikich, James Bedford, and Linda G. Bandini

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Comparison of sedentary behaviors between children with autism spectrum disorders and typically developing children, Aviva Must, Sarah M. Phillips, Carol Curtin, Sarah E. Anderson, Melissa C. T. Maslin, Keith Lividini, and Linda G. Bandini

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Laser light scan analysis of the "anticonvulsant face", H. Ivan Orup Jr., Curtis K. Deutsch, and Lewis B. Holmes

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GRAIDs: a framework for closing the gap in the availability of health promotion programs and interventions for people with disabilities, James H. Rimmer, Kerri A. Vanderbom, Linda G. Bandini, Charles E. Drum, Karen Luken, Yolanda Suarez-Balcazar, and Ian D. Graham

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Modeling the effects of sensory reinforcers on behavioral persistence with alternative reinforcement, Mary M. Sweeney, Keira Moore, Timothy A. Shahan, William H. Ahearn, William V. Dube, and John A. Nevin

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Eye-tracking Measures Reveal How Changes in the Design of Aided AAC Displays Influence the Efficiency of Locating Symbols by School-Aged Children without Disabilities, Krista M. Wilkinson, Tara O'Neill, and William J. McIlvane

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Educating first responders to provide emergency services to individuals with disabilities, Susan B. Wolf-Fordham, Janet S. Twyman, and Charles D. Hamad

Publications from 2013

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Assistive Technology (AT): Opportunities for Interdisciplinary Research, Education, and Service Delivery, Alkim Akyurtlu, Deirdra Murphy, Alexandra Bonardi, Tom Mercier, and Craig Armiento

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Health U.: A Nutrition Curriculum for Teenagers with Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Linda G. Bandini, Carol Curtin, Richard K. Fleming, Melissa C. T. Maslin, and Renee Scampini

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Is body mass index a useful measure of excess body fatness in adolescents and young adults with Down syndrome?, Linda G. Bandini, R. K. Fleming, R. Scampini, James Gleason, and Aviva Must

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Comparison of physical activity between children with autism spectrum disorders and typically developing children, Linda G. Bandini, James Gleason, Carol Curtin, Keith Lividini, Sarah E. Anderson, Sharon A. Cermak, Melissa Maslin, and Aviva Must

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Accuracy of Dietary Reference Intakes for determining energy requirements in girls, Linda G. Bandini, Keith Lividini, Sarah M. Phillips, and Aviva Must

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Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and obesity in US males and females, age 8-15 years: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2001-2004, H.C. Michelle Byrd, Carol Curtin, and Sarah E. Anderson

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Attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and obesity in US males and females, age 8-15 years: National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey 2001-2004, H. C. Michelle Byrd, Carol Curtin, and S E. Anderson

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Uncovering the evidence: Systematic review of interventions to reduce oral health disparities between adults with Intellectual Disability and the general population, Christine J. Clifford, Alexandra Bonardi, Nancy E. Harger, and Matthew Holder

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Parent support improves weight loss in adolescents and young adults with Down syndrome, Carol Curtin, Linda G. Bandini, Aviva Must, James Gleason, Keith Lividini, Sarah Phillips, Misha Eliasziw, Melissa C. T. Maslin, and Richard K. Fleming

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Quantitative assessment of craniofacial morphology in Johanson-Blizzard syndrome, Curtis K. Deutsch, Tania Hreczko, and Lewis B. Holmes

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Translational Research in Behavior Analysis, William V. Dube

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Go/No-Go Procedure with Compound Stimuli: Effects of Training Structure On the Emergence of Equivalence Classes, Priscila C. Grisante, Fernanda L. Galesi, Nathali M. Sabino, Paula Debert, Erik Arntzen, and William J. McIlvane

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Emotional facial and vocal expressions during story retelling by children and adolescents with high-functioning autism, Ruth B. Grossman, Lisa R. Edelson, and Helen Tager-Flusberg

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Computational Approaches to Measurement of Visual Attention: Modeling Overselectivity in Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, Nurit Haspel, Alison R. Shell, and Curtis K. Deutsch

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A 3D anthropometric analysis of the orolabial region in Chinese young adults, Yasas S. N. Jayaratne, Curtis K. Deutsch, and Roger A. Zwahlen

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Normative findings for periocular anthropometric measurements among Chinese young adults in Hong Kong, Yasas S. N. Jayaratne, Curtis K. Deutsch, and Roger A. Zwahlen

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Re: Meeting the needs of patients with learning disabilities, Emily Lauer, Alexandra Bonardi, and Steven D. Staugaitis

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Visual field bias in hearing and deaf adults during judgments of facial expression and identity, Susan M. Letourneau and Teresa V. Mitchell

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Rapid Cue Reversal Learning, Karen M. Lionello-DeNolf

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Membership of Defined Responses in Stimulus Classes, Karen M. Lionello-DeNolf and Paula Braga-Kenyon

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Persistence during extinction: examining the effects of continuous and intermittent reinforcement on problem behavior, Jacquelyn M. MacDonald, William H. Ahearn, Diana Parry-Cruwys, Stacie Bancroft, and William V. Dube

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"Associative concept learning in animals" by Zentall, Wasserman, and Urcuioli: A commentary, William J. McIlvane

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Simple and Complex Discrimination Learning, William J. McIlvane

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Behavioral and neural evidence of increased attention to the bottom half of the face in deaf signers, Teresa V. Mitchell, Susan M. Letourneau, and Melissa C. T. Maslin

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Tracking blood lead and zinc protoporphyrin levels in Andean adults working in a lead contaminated environment, Fernando Ortega, S. Allen Counter, Leo H. Buchanan, Angelica M. Coronel Parra, Maria Angela Collaguaso, and Anthony B. Jacobs

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Declining blood lead and zinc protoporphyrin levels in Ecuadorian Andean children, Fernando Ortega, S. Allen Counter, Leo H. Buchanan, Angelica M. Coronel Parra, Maria Angela Collaguaso, Anthony B. Jacobs, Nader Rifai, and Patricia Nolan Hoover

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Idiosyncratic variables affecting functional analysis outcomes: A review (2001-2010), Kevin J. Schlichenmeyer, Eileen M. Roscoe, Griffin W. Rooker, Emily E. Wheeler, and William V. Dube

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Perceptual factors influence visual search for meaningful symbols in individuals with intellectual disabilities and down syndrome or autism spectrum disorders, Krista M. Wilkinson and William J. McIlvane

Publications from 2012

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Meals in Our Household: reliability and initial validation of a questionnaire to assess child mealtime behaviors and family mealtime environments, Sarah E. Anderson, Aviva Must, Carol Curtin, and Linda G. Bandini

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Restricted stimulus control in stimulus control shaping with a capuchin monkey, Ana Leda F. Brino, Olavo F. Galvao, Romariz S. Barros, Paulo R. K. Goulart, and William J. McIlvane

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Acoustic stapedius muscle reflex in mercury-exposed Andean children and adults, S. Allen Counter, Leo H. Buchanan, and Fernando Ortega

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Association of hemoglobin levels and brainstem auditory evoked responses in lead-exposed children, S. Allen Counter, Leo H. Buchanan, and Fernando Ortega

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Non-Mendelian etiologic factors in neuropsychiatric illness: pleiotropy, epigenetics, and convergence, Curtis K. Deutsch and William J. McIlvane

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The Farkas System of Craniofacial Anthropometry: Methodology and Normative Databases, Curtis K. Deutsch, Alison Shell, Roberta W. Francis, and Barbara Dixon Bird

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Comparison of putative intermediate phenotypes in schizophrenia patients with and without obsessive-compulsive disorder: examining evidence for the schizo-obsessive subtype, Anna R. Docherty, Michael J. Coleman, Xiawei Tu, Curtis K. Deutsch, Nancy R. Mendell, and Deborah L. Levy

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Obesity and Weight Regulation, Richard K. Fleming

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Quality matters! Differences between expressive and receptive non-verbal communication skills in adolescents with ASD, Ruth B. Grossman and Helen Tager-Flusberg

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Learning of Equivalence Classes, Karen M. Lionello-DeNolf

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Categories of Relations Between Stimuli: Foundations for Transitive Inference and Other Emergent Behavior, Harry A. MacKay

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Some Things We Learned from Sidman and Some We Did Not (We Think), William J. McIlvane and Joanne B. Kledaras

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Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder and the Clinical Management of Obesity, Sherry L. Pagoto, Carol Curtin, Bradley M. Appelhans, and Miguel Alonso-Alonso

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Differential expression of components of the retinoic acid signaling pathway in the adult mouse olfactory epithelium, Carolyn E. Peluso, Woochan Jang, Ursula C. Drager, and James E. Schwob

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Stimulus equivalence, generalization, and contextual stimulus control in verbal classes, Zuilma Gabriela Sigurethardottir, Harry A. MacKay, and Gina Green

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Genetic association of GABA-A receptor alpha-2 and mu opioid receptor with cocaine cue-reactivity: evidence for inhibitory synaptic neurotransmission involvement in cocaine dependence, David A. Smelson, Lei Yu, Steven Buyske, Gerardo Gonzalez, Jay Tischfield, Curtis K. Deutsch, and Douglas M. Ziedonis

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Head Circumference Measurement and Growth: Application to Neurodevelopment, Sarah Jane Webb, Alison R. Shell, Jason Cuomo, Guy Jensen, and Curtis K. Deutsch

Publications from 2011

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Transient retinoic acid signaling confers anterior-posterior polarity to the inner ear, Jinwoong Bok, Steven Raft, Kyoung-Ah Kong, Soo Kyung Koo, Ursula C. Drager, and Doris K. Wu

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Sample stimulus control shaping and restricted stimulus control in capuchin monkeys: a methodological note, Ana Leda F. Brino, Romariz da Silva Barros, Olavo F. Galvao, M. Garotti, Ilara R. N. da Cruz, Jose R. Santos, William V. Dube, and William J. McIlvane

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Environmental lead exposure and otoacoustic emissions in Andean children, Leo H. Buchanan, S. Allen Counter, and Fernando Ortega

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Relational discrimination by pigeons in a go/no-go procedure with compound stimuli: a methodological note, Heloisa Cursi Campos, Paula Debert, Romariz da Silva Barros, and William J. McIlvane

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Non-psychiatric health problems among psychiatric inpatients with intellectual disabilities, Lauren Charlot, Susan L. Abend, Paula D. Ravin, Mastis Kimberly, Anne T. Hunt, and Curtis K. Deutsch

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Assessment of auditory brainstem function in lead-exposed children using stapedius muscle reflexes, S. Allen Counter, Leo H. Buchanan, Fernando Ortega, Jeannette van der Velde, and Erik Borg

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Retinoic acid influences neuronal migration from the ganglionic eminence to the cerebral cortex, James E. Crandall, Timothy Goodman, Deirdre M. McCarthy, Gregg Duester, Pradeep G. Bhide, Ursula C. Drager, and Peter J. McCaffery

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Conditional Discriminations by Preverbal Children in an Identity Matching-to-Sample Task, Maria Stella de Alcantara Gil, Thais Porlan de Oliveira, and William J. McIlvane

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Recombinative reading derived from pseudoword instruction in a miniature linguistic system, Elenice S. Hanna, Marina Kohlsdorf, Regiane S. Quinteiro, Raquel Maria de Melo, Deisy das GraCas de Souza, Julio C. de Rose, and William J. McIlvane

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Comprehension by design: Teaching young learners how to comprehend what they read, Marta Leon, Victoria Ford, Hirofumi Shimizu, April Heimlich Stretz, Jay Thompson, Melinda Sota, Janet S. Twyman, and T. V. Joe Layng

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Gaze patterns during identity and emotion judgments in hearing adults and deaf users of American Sign Language, Susan M. Letourneau and Teresa V. Mitchell

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Contextual influences on resistance to disruption in children with intellectual disabilities, Karen M. Lionello-DeNolf and William V. Dube

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Evaluating merger and intersection of equivalence classes with one member in common, Harry A. MacKay, Krista M. Wilkinson, Colleen Farrell, and Richard W. Serna

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The double ABCX model of adaptation in racially diverse families with a school-age child with autism, Margaret M. Manning, Laurel Wainwright, and Jillian Bennett

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Resistance to disruption in a classroom setting, Diana E. Parry-Cruwys, Carrie M. Neal, William H. Ahearn, Emily E. Wheeler, Raseeka Premchander, Melissa B. Loeb, and William V. Dube

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Saitohin, which is nested within the tau gene, interacts with tau and Abl and its human-specific allele influences Abl phosphorylation, Yan Wang, Lei Gao, Christopher G. Conrad, and Athena Andreadis

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An SRp75/hnRNPG Complex Interacting with hnRNPE2 Regulates the 5' Splice Site of Tau Exon 10, Whose Misregulation Causes Frontotemporal Dementia, Yan Wang, Junning Wang, Lei Gao, Stefan Stamm, and Athena Andreadis

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Preliminary investigation of visual attention to human figures in photographs: potential considerations for the design of aided AAC visual scene displays, Krista M. Wilkinson and Janice Light

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Facilitating children's ability to distinguish symbols for emotions: the effects of background color cues and spatial arrangement of symbols on accuracy and speed of search, Krista M. Wilkinson and Julie Snell