Closeup of jelly on forceps, black background.

The Transmitter Launch: An early-career researcher’s extracurriculars capture beauty in the lab

Doctoral student Thomas Barlow uses photography to illuminate research spaces and show people what scientists do.

By Angie Voyles Askham, Rebecca Horne
8 March 2024 | 4 min read
The band Pavlov's Dogz on stage

When the conference doors close, these scientists rock out

A Pavlov’s Dogz show has become tradition at the annual Society for Neuroscience meeting.

By Angie Voyles Askham
21 November 2023 | 6 min read
Illustration of hybrid objects: part light bulb, part lab vial, some in blue and some in red to signify null and replicated results.

Null and Noteworthy: Reinforcing rigor; medication medley

This month’s newsletter highlights findings on the use of three medication types during pregnancy.

By Emily Harris
14 December 2022 | 4 min read
Ilustration shows a young women with pillows, pies and records flying around her.

Book Review: An autistic writer recounts the fun and futility of trying to fit in

In “I Overcame My Autism and All I Got Was This Lousy Anxiety Disorder,” Sarah Kurchak weaves together jagged honesty, funny anecdotes and occasionally painful doses of self-awareness.

By Sara Luterman
13 October 2020 | 4 min read
The knight Perceval leaves his mother in extreme distress, oblivious to his effect, as he rides into the distance.
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The perils of suggesting famous historical figures had autism

Looking for signs of autism in characters from history and literature can offer insight into society’s changing perceptions through time — but it can also increase the risk of stigma against people with the condition.

By Terje Falck-Ytter, Sofia Loden
22 September 2020 | 7 min read
Pen and ink drawings by a father and daughter in a. sketchbook
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On the same page: Divorce, drawing, and parenting an autistic child

Shared sketch books chart a father-daughter relationship over time and provide a valuable outlet for self-regulating emotions.

By Rebecca Horne
28 July 2020 | 6 min read

Photographer captures intimate scenes of daily life with autism

An award-winning photography series offers a close look at one autistic person coming of age in New York City.

By Rebecca Horne
23 December 2019 | 6 min read

Book review: ‘The Rosie Result’ crafts foolish caricatures of autism

In the final installment of Graeme Simsion’s bestselling Rosie trilogy, the protagonist's implied autism becomes explicit — and leaves our reviewer cold.

By Sara Luterman
18 June 2019 | 5 min read

Science serves up inspiration for Katie Carey’s whimsical artwork

Katie Carey, who has illustrated several Spectrum articles, reveals her creative process and her strategies for pushing past mental blocks.

By Rebecca Horne
21 December 2018 | 6 min read

Young writers fight autism stereotypes through fan fiction

Some fan-fiction authors are beginning to incorporate autism into their stories, especially in the Harry Potter universe.

By Jonathan Alexander, Rebecca Black, The Conversation
19 December 2018 | 6 min read

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