Department of Psychology

Placement students exhibit autism research at international conference

Thu Jul 07 15:47:00 BST 2016

 
Photo of Katy Warren and Hannah White standing next to their placement poster at the International Meeting for Autism Research

— Katy Warren and Hannah White at the International Meeting for Autism Research.

 

Current BSc (Hons) Psychology students Katy Warren and Hannah White attended the 2016 International Meeting for Autism Research that took place between 11-14 May.

Their attendance at the event was part of their placement year at the Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE), University College London Institute of Education.

At the conference they presented a poster entitled: Threat interpretation and anxiety in autistic children and their mothers. Their research findings show that mothers of autistic children report significantly more threatening interpretations of ambiguous scenarios in their children than parents of typical children, despite no significant differences in the children’s own report.

The conference was also attended by Dr Mark Brosnan, Dr Chris Ashwin, Dr Ailsa Russell, and Dr Katie Maras.

This was the first conference since the formation of the Centre for Applied Autism Research was formally established. The team presented on a range of autism topics including social anxiety, turn-taking, reasoning, learning and humour on the autism spectrum.