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Sarah-Jayne Blakemore

Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL

The social brain and its development

My group's research focuses on the social brain, that is the network of brain regions involved in understanding other people's minds and in self-awareness. The main focus of our research is on how these processes develop in the human brain, in particular during the period of adolescence. A second focus of our research is on social cognitive deficits in autism spectrum disorders. Our research involves a variety of behavioural (psychophysics, eye-tracking, motion capture) and neuroimaging (MRI, fMRI and MEG) methods with adults, children and people with autism.


Dumontheil, I, Houlton, R, Christoff, K, Blakemore, S-J. Development of relational reasoning during adolescence. In press in Developmental Science.‎

‎Hillebrandt, H., Sebastian, C., Blakemore, S.J. Experimentally induced social inclusion influences behavior on trust games. In press in Cognitive Neuroscience.

Dumontheil, I, Hassan, B, Gilbert, S, Blakemore, SJ. (2010)
Development of the selection and manipulation of self-generated thoughts in adolescence.
Journal of Neuroscience 30, 7664-7671 ‎

Burnett, S., Bault, N., Coricelli, G., Blakemore, S-J. (2010)
Adolescents’ heightened risk-seeking in a probabilistic gambling task.
Cognitive Development 25, 183-196

Blakemore, SJ. (2010)
The developing social brain: implications for education.
Neuron 65, 744-747

Dumontheil, I, Apperly, IA, Blakemore, S-J. (2010)
Online usage of theory of mind continues to develop in late adolescence.
Developmental Science 13(2), 331-338 ‎

Burnett S, Bird G, Moll J, Frith C, Blakemore S-J. (2009)‎
Development during adolescence of the neural processing of social emotion.
Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience 21(9) 1736-1750 ‎

Cook, J, Saygin, AP, Swain, R, Blakemore, S-J. (2009)‎
Reduced sensitivity to minimum-jerk biological motion in autism spectrum conditions.
Neuropsychologia 47(14), 3275-3278

Boraston ZL, Corden B, Miles LK, Skuse DH, Blakemore SJ. (2008)
Perception of genuine and posed smiles by individuals with autism.
Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 38(3), 574-580 ‎

Sebastian C, Burnett S, Blakemore S-J. (2008)‎
Development of the self concept during adolescence.
Trends in Cognitive Science 12(11), 441-446

Blakemore, S-J . (2008)‎
The social brain in adolescence.
Nature Reviews Neuroscience 9(4), 267-277‎

Blakemore S-J, Winston, J & Frith, U. (2004)
Social Cognitive Neuroscience: where are we heading?
Trends in Cognitive Science 8(5), 216-222


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