(art)n Artists: 

Ellen Sandor, Chris Kemp, Michael Cone, and Janine Fron

Collaborative Artists: 

Raun K. Kaufman, Autism Treatment Center of America: The Son-Rise Program
Cynthia K. Thompson, Sladjana Lukic, Bharath Chandrasekaran, Joan Chiao, and Patrick Wong, Northwestern University
Special thanks to Penya Sandor and Eric Taub


Digital PHSCologram


Duratrans, Kodalth, Plexiglas


(art)n and Northwestern University


Raun K. Kaufman, is the first person to fully recover from autism. Diagnosed with severe autism as a boy, his parents developed The Son-Rise ProgramĀ® which enabled him to emerge from autism without any trace of his former condition. Since then Kaufman has served for several years as the CEO of the Autism Treatment Center of America and has spent his life teaching families the same program that benefited him.

Brain + Love) is an exploration of Kaufman's fully recovered brain through brain scans derived from functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI), conducted in Thompson's Neurolinguistic Research Laboratory at Northwestern University. Neural activation patterns associated with the processing of sentences (blue), words (green), voices (red), and emotions (facial expressions) (magenta) are shown in the left and right hemispheres of the brain. Overlapping areas in temporal regions of both hemispheres are activated for sentence, word, and voice processing. Additional overlap in the frontal regions of the left hemisphere is noted for sentences and bilaterally for words. Processing of emotional facial expressions is associated with activation in the amygdala. Remarkably, all activation and overlapping areas shown in Kaufman's recovered brain are similar those of an unimpaired adult.

*Also 11"x14".