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Twitter is full of distracting rabbit holes, but these two threads guided us through some compelling details, capturing our attention and the attention of many others.

“Google Maps for the brain!” tweeted Misic from BratislavAssociate Professor and Canada Research Chair of the Network Neuroscience Lab at McGill University in Montreal, Canada, in a thread where he describes his toolkit and that of his colleagues for contextualizing human brain maps called neuromaps.

The neuromaps promise to “allow researchers to systematically share, transform, and compare brain maps,” the team wrote in a paper published on October 6 in Natural methods.

“Neuromaps is a indispensable tool to understand and rigorously annotate your imagery data. It’s hard to imagine how we did without it!!” tweeted Ted Satterthwaiteassociate professor of psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia.

“It’s such an *incredibly* useful tool for human neuroscience! Integrate structural, genetic, functional, neurotransmitter maps, etc. “, tweeted Brad Voytecassociate professor of cognitive science at the University of California, San Diego.

“So great for @rossdavism(!), my lab and all the neuromappers for what turned out to be a very collaborative + fun project“, tweeted Justine Hansen, a graduate student in neuroscience at the Montreal Neurological Institute-Hospital in Canada. Hansen also shared a link to a blog post outlining her role in the project, which is, as she says, a handy tool to let her parents know what she’s doing.

The next thread we dove deep into features a communication guide.

“How can we reduce the vast health inequalities that people with autism face? » Gemma Williamsa researcher at the University of Brighton in England, asked.

She responded with 10 recommendations to improve communication with autistic people in healthcare settings, the result of a project co-produced with 17 people from the autism community, “including autistic healthcare users, autistic healthcare professionals, researchers, and non-autistic healthcare professionals.”

“This is very relevant to my research on assess dementia in people with autism. Dementia clinicians will see autistic people in their clinics but may not consider this,” tweeted Lynsey Stewartresearch assistant in psychology at the University of Strathclyde in Glasgow, Scotland.

“That’s exactly it – people with autism have autism throughout their lives, but many older people missed diagnoses when they were young,” Williams replied.

Amid the thanks, Twitter user Healthevents Ltd pointed out: “Communication is a two-way process. Until you understand and respect each other, nothing good can happen.

Holly Radford, a psychology student at the University of Portsmouth in England, called the recommendations excellent, tweeting that they would “benefit many other bands people too.

Echoing the sentiment of many other tweets that we couldn’t embed here, Iris Warchall, a physical therapist in Oakland, Calif., issued an imperative: “If you’re a medical professional, you NEED to read this!”

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That’s it for this week’s Community Newsletter! If you have any suggestions for interesting social posts you’ve seen in autism research, feel free to email [email protected]

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Sam D. Gomez