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Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience
17 Queen Square
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  • Student
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
I am currently a postdoctoral Research Associate in the Developmental Diversity Group under the guidance of Dr Sarah J. White at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL. I completed my PhD at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL, under the supervision of Prof Sophie K. Scott and Dr Sarah J. White. I was awarded my MSc (Distinction) in Development, Disorders and Clinical Practice at the University of York in 2016 and my BSc (Hons) in Applied Psychology at Beijing Normal University, Zhuhai in 2013. 

Research Summary

My research interests lie in social communication and its underlying neurocognitive mechanisms.

During my doctoral research, I examined the socio-emotional significance of laughter in social communication, specifically investigating differences in self-reported experience, production, and perception of laughter between non-autistic and autistic adults using behavioural testing and neuroimaging techniques (e.g., fMRI, fNIRS). Through this research, I seek to gain a better understanding of the role of laughter in social bonding within interactions, and its underlying neurocognitive mechanisms involved in social cognition, reward processing, and emotion regulation. By considering neurodiversity in my research, I hope to shed light on the unique experiences of autistic people in social communication and contribute to the development of more inclusive social communication support and interventions.

Read more about my doctoral research: The Laughter Project. 

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