Morton Ann Gernsbacher, the Vilas Research Professor and Sir Frederic Bartlett Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, gave the 2013 Riccuti Lecture Oct. 28, 2013, urging acceptance of putative brain differences as aspects of diversity, rather than deficits.

Gernsbacher is known for her investigation of the cognitive processes that underlie human communication and the communication challenges that often accompany autism.

The annual Ricciuti Lecture is delivered in recognition of the late Professor Emeritus Henry Ricciuti, an internationally renowned scholar recognized for his many contributions to the study of child development through research, instruction, and service.