This year’s annual Society for Neuroscience conference hosted over 30,000 researchers in San Diego, California. Presentations highlighted how researchers’artistic passions combined with neuroscience can facilitate rehabilitation. This article highlights research and the annual “Dialogues Between Neuroscience and Society” lecture by legendary jazz guitarist, Pat Metheny.

‘Pathways to Belonging’ is a qualitative research project that uses an arts-based methodology, called socio-spatial mapping, to study how young adults (YA) with intellectual and developmental disabilities (IDD) come to feel and experience a sense of belonging. It aims to uncover the contexts and conditions that foster and promote a sense of belonging for YA with IDD.

Can a game of chess be used as a way to rehabilitate brain function for adults with traumatic brain injury? This article explores neuroscience research on chess and brain function. It shares insights into how this ancient two-person game has been used in neurorehabilitation to enhance memory, attention, and problem-solving in populations with and without cognitive disorders.