The project Extraordinary Brains wants to build bridges between scientists and neurodiverse communities

The founder, Dr Kajsa Igelström, is an assistant professor of neuroscience at Linköping University, and the ExB network is spread across Sweden, USA, England and Germany. Since its beginning in 2017, the project has collected opinions and stories from hundreds of people, and we’re still gradually analyzing all the material with the aim to return the information to society. The project also forms a recruitment platform for research into transgender welfare and autism neuroscience studies.

Extraordinary can mean both “out of the ordinary” and “exceptional”. And this is exactly how the brain can be when you live with some kind of neurodevelopmental difference. If your needs are unmet, any such difference can cause suffering. Conversely, a good environment can make it possible for you to fully harness your strengths. You might not be “ordinary”, but you can be Yourself. That’s exceptional!

Kajsa trying to look pedagogical in her office at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute (2017)

Kajsa trying to look pedagogical in her office at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute (2017)