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Psychology

Essays and videos offering insights into the self, relationships, cognition and neuroscience
Drawing on autism | Aeon
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Ethics

An animator wonders: can you ever depict someone without making them a caricature?

10 minutes

A is for autism | Aeon
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Neurodiversity

Autistic children and adults sketch out the look and feel of their sensory world

11 minutes

The power of diverse thinking | Aeon
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Neurodiversity

Workplace diversity isn’t just about equality – it’s a competitive advantage

4 minutes

The great world of Gregory Blackstock | Aeon
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Art

How a self-taught autistic artist mines creativity from life’s endless variations

11 minutes

After neurodiversity | Aeon
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Neurodiversity

After neurodiversity

We live in a world that must move beyond identity politics and embrace new models of the mind. Enter psydiversity

Bonnie Evans

Out of mind | Aeon
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Neurodiversity

What it’s like to have aphantasia, the inability to visualise images in the mind’s eye

14 minutes

Uncle Thomas: accounting for the days | Aeon
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Mental health

A ‘poet of the everyday’: an animated ode to a beloved uncle with OCD

13 minutes

Am I disabled? | Aeon
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Neurodiversity

Am I disabled?

With my pen hovering over a form, there is no easy answer: better to provoke stigma with support, or resist classification?

Joanne Limburg

Giant Steps | Aeon
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Neurodiversity

Step into synaesthesia’s visual soundscape, built with the music of John Coltrane

2 minutes

Music and clowns | Aeon
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Family life

Jamie is empathetic and funny – and a ‘complete mystery’ to those who love him most

8 minutes

Carlotta’s face | Aeon
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Neurodiversity

‘A face is a hilly landscape.’ How a face-blind artist paints what she can’t recognise

5 minutes

Living with ADHD: how I learned to make distraction work for me | Aeon
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Neurodiversity

Living with ADHD: how I learned to make distraction work for me

Sarah Stein Lubrano

My autism journey: how I learned to stop trying to fit in | Aeon
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Neurodiversity

My autism journey: how I learned to stop trying to fit in

Louise Smith

Against neurodiversity | Aeon
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Neurodiversity

Against neurodiversity

The movement has good intentions, but it favours the high-functioning and overlooks those who struggle with severe autism

Moheb Costandi

The sleep artist | Aeon
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Neurodiversity

The work of a sleepwalking artist offers a glimpse into the fertile slumbering brain

4 minutes

Poetry of perception: Song of Myself | Aeon
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Consciousness and altered states

‘Now I will do nothing but listen’ – Walt Whitman on how sound shapes the self

3 minutes

John and Michael | Aeon
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Love and friendship

Dances and giggles and stars: two men with Down syndrome fall in love

11 minutes

Autism from the inside | Aeon
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Autism from the inside

Too many depictions of autistic people rely on tired clichés. The neurotypical world needs to take note of our own voices

Katherine May

The autism paradox | Aeon
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The autism paradox

How an autism diagnosis became both a clinical label and an identity; a stigma to be challenged and a status to be embraced

Bonnie Evans

The non-binary brain | Aeon
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Gender and identity

The non-binary brain

Misogynists are fascinated by the idea that human brains are biologically male or female. But they’ve got the science wrong

Emily Willingham

Labyrinth | Aeon
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Subcultures

How the deaf experience of music can enrich music for everyone

12 minutes

Perfectly normal | Aeon
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Neurodiversity

Living with Asperger’s is a delicate balance between external and internal worlds

12 minutes

Oliver Sacks on ripe bananas | Aeon
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Neurodiversity

How the ‘Island of the Colourblind’ made Oliver Sacks rethink ‘normal’

6 minutes

Jamie’s place | Aeon
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Family life

Jamie’s place

Like any adult, my son wants to work, travel and socialise, and his Down syndrome won’t stop him. But can he live independently?

Michael Bérubé