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The Boy Whose Brain Could Unlock Autism

posted 20 Jan 2015, 11:33 by Valerie Carlin   [ updated 20 Jan 2015, 11:40 by Jan Szafranski ]

Coping with such a child would be difficult for any parent, but it was especially frustrating for his father, one of the world’s leading neuroscientists. Henry Markram is the man behind Europe’s $1.3 billion Human Brain Project, a gargantuan research endeavor to build a supercomputer model of the brain. Markram knows as much about the inner workings of our brains as anyone on the planet, yet he felt powerless to tackle Kai’s problems.

“As a father and a neuroscientist, you realize that you just don’t know what to do,” he says. In fact, Kai’s behavior—which was eventually diagnosed as autism—has transformed his father’s career, and helped him build a radical new theory of autism: one that upends the conventional wisdom. And, ironically, his sideline may pay off long before his brain model is even completed.


https://medium.com/matter/the-boy-whose-brain-could-unlock-autism-70c3d64ff221