Welcome to The Transmitter

A new publication for the neuroscience community, The Transmitter offers up-to-date news and analysis of the field, written by journalists and scientists.

We welcome your feedback as we systematically roll out new site features over the coming months. If you have ideas or suggestions, please send us a note at [email protected].



Research image of microglia in mice.

Microglial overreaction to atypical neurons may drive autism

By Holly Barker
December 7, 2023 | 5 min read
Research image of neurons

Plugging invisible gaps in the synaptic connectome

By Elissa Welle
December 6, 2023 | 6 min read
Illustration of multiple people walking past and reading very large pages from a journal.
science and society

JNeurosci joins open peer review trend but keeps opt-out

By Elissa Welle
December 5, 2023 | 4 min read


A figure walks along a long road with a gene-sequence-like pattern.
whole-genome sequencing

How long-read sequencing will transform neuroscience

By Tychele Turner
November 22, 2023 | 6 min read
An illustration of a man assembling a piece of furniture
systems neuroscience

Why (and how) we need to professionalize neuroscience

By Jakob Voigts
December 4, 2023 | 7 min read
The silhouette of a head rises over a body of water.

Columns and series

Illustration of a scientist standing on a ladder in front of a wall of shapes, holding a book-like object in their hand.
open neuroscience

Incentivizing data-sharing in neuroscience: How about a little customer service?

By Maryann Martone
November 13, 2023 | 7 min read
Sunlit portrait photograph of Christine Wu Nordahl.

Christine Wu Nordahl, doing whatever it takes to get good data

By Laura Dattaro
November 23, 2023 | 13 min read

Book excerpts

cognitive neuroscience

Mathematical brains — an excerpt from ‘Seeing the Mind’

By Stanislas Dehaene
November 28, 2023 | 12 min read
science in art

Unmasking Alzheimer’s disease

By Rebecca Horne
November 13, 2023 | 2 min read
Illustration of a man standing in front of three open doors.

Player One: An edited excerpt from ‘Free Agents — How Evolution Gave Us Free Will’

By Kevin Mitchell
November 13, 2023 | 15 min read


inhibitory signaling

Of mice and human interneurons: Q&A with Moritz Helmstaedter

By Angie Voyles Askham
August 1, 2022 | 7 min read

The most personalized medicine: Studying your own child’s rare condition

By Lydia Denworth
July 7, 2022 | 15 min read
six images of astrocytes

How star cells’ secretions may stunt neurons: Q&A with Nicola Allen

By Lauren Schenkman
September 26, 2022 | 7 min read

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Welcome to The Transmitter
The Spectrum team is excited to announce the launch of The Transmitter, a new publication for the neuroscience community. Spectrum is now a key section of The Transmitter and will continue to publish news and perspectives about autism research. Soon, you will be able to find all previous Spectrum articles at thetransmitter.org.