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Neuro Book Club Challenge ๐Ÿง ๐Ÿ“š

Neuro Book Club Challenge ๐Ÿง ๐Ÿ“š

Hey Neurons,

This year, I'm diving into more neuroscience books and sharing my insights through short videos and essays. If you're up for the challenge, join me in reading one neuroscience book each month. Check out the first book below, and feel free to add it to your reading list!

๐Ÿ“š Something to Read

Book 1: Empire of Normality

Author: Robert Chapman

Robert Chapman, a neurodivergent academic, unraveling critical neurodiversity theory. They've coined the term 'neurodiversity theory' and proposed the 'ecological model of functioning.' Why? To challenge norms in politics, social theory, disability, and mental health. Their journey? From a challenging upbringing to advocating neurodiversity studies.

This week, I've got my hands on "Empire of Normality," a book that aligns perfectly with the ongoing discussions in our lab. We're deeply engrossed in unraveling the intricacies of normality and normal functioning in neuroscience. It's fascinating how, in our studies, we often set up cases versus controls, anticipating stark differences. Yet, the reality is that these groups tend to overlap significantly when it comes to brain-behavior correlations.

This observation opens up a spectrum of possibilities. Perhaps our data lacks the clarity needed to neatly distinguish between cases and controls. It could be that we're missing crucial dimensionsโ€”maybe genetics should enter the equation. Or, intriguingly, it might be that these groups aren't distinct entities but rather points on a continuum. Our 'healthy' participants might exhibit deviations, and our 'cases' could be healthy in numerous aspects.

Diving into "Empire of Normality" has me excited. Robert Chapman, a true trailblazer in the neurodivergent community, is shaking things up in psychology and neuroscience. I anticipate discovering fresh perspectives and groundbreaking ideas that challenge our conventional understanding.

Visual representation highlighting the diversity within non-distinct groups of cases and controls. The upper two rows depict our conceptualization of psychiatric disorders within the population, while the lower two rows provide a more realistic depiction.

๐Ÿ“šJob oppurtunity!

Job Title: Animator and Videographer for Computational Neuroscience YouTube Channel

About The Channel: For the YouTube channel, I am looking for a talented Animator and Videographer to join the team.

Location: This is a remote position with a preference for candidates who can work in the GMT+1 time zone.


  1. Video Production: Conceptualize, script, and produce videos that communicate complex concepts in computational neuroscience effectively.
  2. Animation: Create animations to illustrate scientific principles and enhance the overall quality of the content.
  3. Editing: Utilize Final Cut Pro to edit, enhance, and polish video content.
  4. Scientific Understanding: Grasp and interpret scientific content related to computational neuroscience to accurately represent concepts in visual form.
  5. Collaboration: Work closely with me to align visuals with scientific accuracy and storytelling goals.
  6. Timely Delivery: Meet deadlines consistently and efficiently manage the production pipeline.


  1. Experience: Proven experience in animation and video production, with a portfolio showcasing relevant work, or demonstrating a strong willingness to learn these skills.
  2. Software Proficiency: Proficient in Final Cut Pro and other relevant animation tools.
  3. Scientific Background: Background or interest in computational neuroscience or a related field.
  4. Communication Skills: Ability to communicate complex scientific ideas visually and effectively.

How to Apply: If you are passionate about computational neuroscience, possess the required skills, and can work in the GMT+1 time zone, Iโ€™d love to hear from you. Please submit your resume, a small video edit you did uploaded to Youtube, and a brief cover letter explaining your interest and experience.

Contact: Email your application to: charfraza@gmail.com