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Dr John Swettenham

Dr John Swettenham

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317
Division of Psychology and Language Science, 2 Wakefield Street
Chandler House, UCL
London
WC1N 9PF

Appointments

  • Reader in Developmental Psychopathology
    Language & Cognition
    Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences

Joined UCL

1999-01-01

My research focuses on Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and related neurodevelopmental conditions. I have been interested in whether joint attention skills could be a marker for identifying ASD at an earlier age; how pivotal joint attention is in the development of later occurring social communication skills; and whether perceptual and attentional impairments underlie a joint attention impairment. The latter area of research has also extended into a broader interest in perceptual and attentional atypicailities in ASD - including perception of biological motion and our new proposal that ASD is characterised by increased perceptual capacity (http://www.scientificamerican.com/article.cfm?id=extraordinary-perception). Research with children with severe cerebral palsy has been examining how to assess functional gaze control; the role of attention in communication; screening for visual impairment; and the development of a eye gaze classification system for clinical use. Other research looks at social communication more generally, including work on bullying and theory of mind; the study of autism-like symptoms in children with visual impairment; and recent work with children who have ASD and are also deaf.

Award year Qualification Institution
1991 PhD
Doctor of Philosophy
Psychology
University of York
1986 BSc Hons
Bachelor of Science (Honours)
Psychology
University of York

Keywords

Asperger Syndrome|*|Attention|*|Auditory processing|*|Autism|*|Behavioural analysis|*|Blindness|*|Cerebral palsy|*|Cognition|*|Deafness|*|Development|*|Emotion|*|Face perception|*|Perception|*|Perception in Autism|*|Psychophysics|*|Psychophysics autistic spectrum disorders|*|Social Cognition|*|Social Neuroscience|*|Social cognition|*|Turner syndrome|*|Visual perception