Kajsa Igelström, PhD
I'm a postdoc at Princeton University (Graziano lab), where I study activation patterns in the brains of neurotypical and autistic people. I also collaborate with the Kastner lab in a study on children with neurodevelopmental problems.
The Extraordinary Brains Project is the beginning of my independent research program, which will focus on autism spectrum disorder (ASD) and other neurodevelopmental disorders, such as ADHD. By running a series of questionnaires on social media platforms for ASD, I hope to start a dialogue with the community and get fresh creative ideas for brain scanning experiments.
Joost Wiskerke, PhD
I'm a senior postdoc at Rutgers University, where I study cognitive functions and plot for an exciting future in neuroscience. I'm currently focusing on how the brain creates response inhibition – the ability to stop an ongoing action and change goals. My research topics are highly relevant to neurodevelopmental disorders such as ASD and ADHD, so I joined The Extraordinary Brains Project to contribute with my expertise in impulsive behaviors, habit formation and cognition in general. In return, the project gives me an opportunity to reach out to the community, an exciting change from my normal daily routines in the lab.
Aron is a collaborator on The Extraordinary Brains Project as an extraordinary brain – a fresh creative source of energy and knowledge. One of Aron's assets is that he is not a crazy neuroscientist geek (he is solely a crazy genius geek), which gives him a unique position as an anchor for the neuroscientists to the outside world. Apart from that, Aron is a skilled engineer, programmer, inventor, problem solver and creative resource. (He also happens to share about half of his genes with Kajsa.)