Category Archives: research

Computational Approaches on Animal & Human Behavior Workshop, Cambridge

By | August 1, 2018

Joshua and Louisa attended a recent workshop held at Cambridge University looking at computational approaches to investigating human and animal behaviour. Louisa presented her first scientific poster investigating social contagion (i.e. how learning about other people influences our own values and beliefs) in Autistic individuals and neurotypicals. Our preliminary results suggest there is no difference… Read More »

Call for participants: University experiences research

By | July 18, 2018

Dr Eilidh Cage is looking for autistic people who have been to university to complete her online survey about their experiences. She is interested in hearing from autistic people who completed their studies and those who had to leave university before finishing their degree. You can find out more about this research and take part… Read More »

Dr Balsters joins Autistica’s Complex Needs Study Group

By | July 17, 2018

Study Groups form a key component of Discover, Autistica’s autism research network. These groups are designed to bring dedicated researchers and the community together to work on pressing unanswered questions. We’re delighted that Josh has been invited to sit on the Complex Needs Study Group where he will contribute to developing Discover’s research agenda over the… Read More »

Old data contributes to new findings

By | July 4, 2018

Many consider the meta-analysis to be the gold standard in research, given that it involves pooling together data from multiple independent studies to see if an effect replicates. A recent meta-analysis by researchers from the Centre for Autism Reseach in Pennsylvania (USA) used the results of 13 independent brain imaging studies (including work by Dr… Read More »

Vision Sciences Society Conference, Florida

By | June 1, 2018

Rebecca attended the Vision Sciences Society annual meeting in St Pete’s Beach, Florida. She presented her recent work on how alexithymia and understanding of our own non-emotional internal states (such as nausea, breathlessness, satiety and fatigue) may influence our ability to recognise these non-emotional internal states in others. This was also a great opportunity to… Read More »

Autism: Challenges and Solutions Conference, Moscow

By | April 1, 2018

Rebecca was invited to present work on the role of alexithymia in emotional understanding in autism at a conference in Moscow in April. She spoke about the huge variation in emotional understanding strengths and weaknesses among autistic individuals, and how emotional abilities may relate to alexithymia severity, rather than autism itself. Presenters and attendees included… Read More »

Participatory Autism Research Event

By | February 24, 2018

Rebecca enjoyed attending an event in February at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience, King’s College, London, on doing participatory autism research. Participatory autism research means involving autistic people at all stages of the research process (not just as participants). We are always keen to include autistic people, or parents of autistic children, in… Read More »

Experimental Psychology Society Research Grant

By | January 1, 2018

Rebecca was pleased to be awarded a research grant from the Experimental Psychology Society in January, which will be used to create stimuli to assess recognition of others’ non-emotional internal bodily states (e.g. hunger, breathlessness, nausea, temperature etc.). There are already many sets of photo, video, and voice recording stimuli that assess our ability to… Read More »