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Translating cognitive science into the real world: Insights into autism

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  • Full or part time
    Dr M Freeth
  • Application Deadline
    Applications accepted all year round

Project Description

What captures attention, and what impact does this have on other aspects of cognition? The answer may be different depending on whether you are autistic or not. The majority of our knowledge of how human cognition works comes from computer-based tasks but my lab has recently been finding that this does not tell us the whole story. We need to complement our computer based studies with studies that are conducted where genuine interactions with social partners can take place. This project will use this approach to investigate whether findings from cognitive science really do translate into real world phenomena.

Funding Notes

Self funded or sponsored students only. No University funding available.

NB The University has some tuition fee scholarship under competition - application deadline is 23 January 2019 at 5pm


Freeth, M., Foulsham, T., & Kingstone, A. (2013). What affects social attention? Social presence, eye contact and autistic traits. PLoS One, 8(1), e53286.
Risko, E. F., Laidlaw, K. E., Freeth, M., Foulsham, T., & Kingstone, A. (2012). Social attention with real versus reel stimuli: toward an empirical approach to concerns about ecological validity. Frontiers in human neuroscience, 6.

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