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Autism researcher Alysson Muotri’s audacious plans for brain organoids

Alysson Muotri aims to build a 'thinking' brain as a model for autism — even if his colleagues consider that work controversial.


The Story Collider presents: Stories from Spectrum

The Story Collider partnered with Spectrum for a storytelling event about experiences with autism. The event took place 2 May at the Centre Phi in Montreal, to coincide with the annual meeting of the International Society for Autism Research.


Mighty magnet promises to render human brain in intricate detail

A new magnetic resonance imaging machine has the power to reveal the brain’s structure and activity at unprecedented resolution.


For people with alexithymia, emotions are a mystery

One in 10 people struggle to recognize their emotions. New research suggests a vital link between our ability to sense our physical bodies and knowing how we feel.


Brain’s prefrontal cortex conducts symphony of social players

A brain region that orchestrates responses to social cues and aids decision-making may be off tempo in autism.


Stabilizing head mold leads to sharper brain images

A customizable Styrofoam mold minimizes head movements during brain scans, enabling researchers to produce clearer images.


Imaging technique paints neuronal fibers in dazzling colors

A multicolor labeling method stains neurons brightly enough to reveal the thin connections between individual cells.


New method exposes structures inside ‘rainbow’ of brain cells

Molecules from alpacas may enable scientists to identify cell types in the brain while also revealing their interior structures.


How to design spaces for people with autism

Architects are working with schools to create welcoming, versatile spaces for students on the spectrum.