The Laughter Project is a PhD research supervised by Prof Sophie Scott and Dr Sarah White. We focus on the processing and production of laughter in typical developing and autistic adults.

    In this project, we will investigate the effect of inter-group bias on spontaneous mentalizing in neurotypical and autistic individuals.

    Investigating the ‘Triple I Hypothesis’ – an inability to infer implicit instructions (White, 2013), this project aims to explore the role of implicit mentalizing in executive function difficulties experienced by autistic individuals within open-ended executive function tasks.

    Deception is ever-present in day-to-day life, and the 3D project aims to investigate how the ability to detect deception develops over time and if this ability might be an area of difficulty for autistic individuals.

    This study is now live! Find more information on how to participate here.

    The M&C Project aims to explore mental state decoding and reasoning, the possibilities of modulating mentalizing performance, the role of compensation and its outcomes on mental health in individuals with various degrees of autistic traits.

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    90% of autistic adults report that sensory issues cause significant barriers at school and work (Leekam et al., 2007). Wearable technologies (e.g., smart glasses) offer the possibility to monitor environments and adjust user-experiences. This research proposes applying such technologies to reduce anxiety-inducing distractions and create prompts that may increase autistic adults’ attentional-focus and quality-of-life.

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    This project focuses on the social differences experienced by children with autism and other related disorders. We are recruiting children 4 years and above who are typically-developing or have any of the following diagnoses: Autism, Cornelia de Lange Syndrome, or Fragile X Syndrome. Taking part will include assessments of language and communication skills, as well as some fun activities looking at social skills. Click on the title to find out more!