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Dr John Swettenham
Division of Psychology and Language Science, 2 Wakefield Street
Chandler House, UCL
Tel: 02076794220
  • Reader in Developmental Psychopathology
  • Language & Cognition
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
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Research Summary

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.

15-JUN-2016 Reader Division of Psychology and Language Science UCL, United Kingdom
Academic Background
1991 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Psychology University of York
1986 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science (Honours) – Psychology University of York
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