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If you would like to participate in our research please see the current studies below and contact the lab member involved.

Alternatively, If you would like to be considered in future research studies please contact Ellen or Emma.

Movement in autism: Why is autism associated with poor movement ability and can this be used to diagnose autism?

Autism is primarily identified by differences in social and communication ability. However, a substantial body of evidence indicates that motor difficulties such as clumsiness, unstable balance and unusual walking style are also common in autism. Research in motor functioning is important because motor difficulties cause practical difficulties with daily tasks such as eating, dressing, and performing skilled movements, as in sports. Having poor motor skills also makes it more likely that a person will have poor social skills. In this study, we are asking autistic adults to copy different movements and perform simple movement tasks. We are doing this to find out more about why autistic people have motor difficulties and whether they can be used to help diagnose autism and design therapies. For more information about this project please contact Andrius (

Representing action in Parkinson’s disease

Areas of the brain involved in planning and generating movements are also involved in forms of action representation such as observing, imagining, imitating and talking about actions. Since people with Parkinson’s disease have difficulties with movement, action representation may also be affected. We are comparing different forms of action representation in participants with and without Parkinson’s, using tasks such as watching videos and copying or describing actions. Please contact Jude Bek ( for more details about this project.

Visual perception in autism

Autism is a neurodevelopmental disorder, which is characterized by social and communication problems. Studies have also shown that there is some alteration to the way the Autistic brain processes visual information. For example, in contrast to Non-Autistic people, those with Autism may have a bias towards the local detail in a scene compared to the global context.  In this study, we are looking at how Autistic people respond to different types of visual stimuli to understand this pattern of visual processing. The findings of this study could help to explain some of the sensory symptoms reported in Autism. For more information about this project, please contact Sabrina (