Dr Liz Pellicano

    • BSc (Hons), MPsych (Educational and Developmental Psychology), PhD
    • Reader in Developmental Cognitive Science
    • Director of CRAE
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    • My current research seeks both to understand the way that autistic people perceive and interpret the world around them and to determine the impact of these differences on daily life – especially at home and in the classroom. I also have a longstanding interest in involving autistics and their families more directly in the research process and have written several discussion pieces on the social and ethical implications of biomedical research on autism.
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    • When the world becomes too real: a new explanation of autistic perception. Invited keynote lecture at the Australian Society for Autism Research (ASfAR) first biennial conference, Macquarie University, Sydney, Australia, December 2012.

      Defining good outcomes for autistic people: what are "we" striving for? Invited Public Lecture at the University of Western Australia, Perth, Australia, November 2012.

      Testing cognitive theories of autism: Lessons from large-scale search, Invited talk at the Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) Autism Special Interest Group (SIG) Conference, London, November 2011.

      Bridging autism, science and society in the UK, Invited talk for a workshop organised by the US National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Intragency Coordinating Committee (IACC) on the Ethical, Legal and Social Implications of Autism Research, NIH, Bethesda, October 2011.
      Archived videocast (video, 8mins)

      Perceptual adaptation in autism, Invited talk presented at the workshop on Autism: Animal and Human Developments, Istituto di Neuroscienze – CNR – Pisa, June 2011.
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  • Calder, L., Hill, V., & Pellicano, E. (in press) '"Sometimes I want to play by myself": Understanding what friendship means to children with autism in mainstream primary schools', Autism
  • Ewing, E., Pellicano, E., & Rhodes, G. (in press) 'Atypical updating of face representations with experience in children with autism', Developmental Science
  • Fiorentini, C., Gray, L., Jeffery, L., Rhodes, G., & Pellicano, E. (2012) 'Reduced face identity aftereffects in relatives of children with autism', Neuropsychologia 50, 2926–2932.
  • Manning, C., Aagten-Murphy, D., & Pellicano, E. (2012) 'The development of speed discrimination abilities', Vision Research 70, 27–33.
  • Pellicano, E., & Burr, D. (2012) 'When the world becomes too real: a Bayesian explanation of autistic perception', Trends in Cognitive Sciences 16, 504-510.
  • Pellicano, E. (2012) 'The development of executive function in autism', Autism Research and Treatment. Special issue: Autism: Cognitive Control across the Lifespan 2012, Article ID 146132. doi:10.1155/2012/146132.
  • Pellicano, E. (2012) 'Do autistic symptoms persist across time? Evidence of substantial change in symptomatology over a 3-year period in cognitively able children with autism', American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities 117, 156–166.
  • Pellicano, E., Ne'eman, A., & Stears, M. (2011) 'Engaging, not excluding: A reply to Walsh et al.', Nature Reviews Neuroscience 12, 769.
  • Pellicano, E., Smith, A. D., Ledger-Hardy, L., Briscoe, J., Hood, B., & Gilchrist, I. D. (2011) 'Children with autism are neither systematic nor optimal foragers', Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (PNAS) 108, doi: 10.1073/pnas.1014076108.
  • Pellicano, E., & Stears, M. (2011) 'Bridging autism, science and society: Moving towards an ethically-informed approach to autism research', Autism Research 4, 271-282.
  • Full list of publications (pdf, 141KB)