Dr Chris Ashwin
Tel: +44 (0) 1225 38 3502
Chris is a Lecturer in psychology and a member of the CASTL (Cognition, Affective Science and Technology Labs) research group at Bath, and recently became a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (FHEA).
The broad area of research Chris pursues is Social Cognitive Neuroscience (e.g. face and gaze processing), and how these types of processes might be different in Autism Spectrum Conditions, Schizophrenia, Synaesthesia, and various Anxiety Disorders. Chris welcomes enquiries from any potential PhD or Masters students.
Social Cognitive Neuroscience:
- eye gaze
- emotions and expressions
- social attention
- theory of mind
- sensory processing
- autism spectrum conditions
- anxiety disorders
- MRI methodologies
- computer-behavioural tasks
- gaze-tracking paradigms
- cognitive bias modification
Griffiths, P. and Ashwin, C., 2016. Accuracy in perceiving facial expressions of emotion in psychopathology. In: Hall, J. A., Schmid Mast, M. and West, T., eds. The Social Psychology of Perceiving Others Accurately. Cambridge, U. K.: Cambridge University Press.
Baron-Cohen, S., Ashwin, E., Ashwin, C., Tavassoli, T. and Chakrabarti, B., 2011. The paradox of autism: why does disability sometimes give rise to talent? In: Kapur, N., ed. The Paradoxical Brain. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 274-288.
Baron-Cohen, S., Ashwin, E., Ashwin, C., Tavassoli, T. and Chakrabarti, B., 2010. Talent in autism: Hyper-systemizing, hyper-attention to detail and sensory hyper-sensitivity. In: Happe, F. and Frith, U., eds. Autism and Talent. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 41-52.
Goldenfeld, N., Baron-Cohen, S., Wheelwright, S., Ashwin, C. and Chakrabarti, B., 2007. Empathizing and systemizing in males, females, and autism: a test of the neural competition theory. In: Farrow, T. F. D. and Woodruff, P. W. R., eds. Empathy in Mental Illness. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press, pp. 628-639.
Baron-Cohen, S., Wheelwright, S. J., Lawson, J., Griffin, R., Ashwin, C. and Billington, J., 2005. Empathizing and systemizing in autism spectrum conditions. In: Volkmar, F. R., Paul, R., Klin, A. and Cohen, D. J., eds. Handbook of Autism and Pervasive Developmental Disorders, 3rd edition. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons, pp. 322-334.
Reynolds, D. and Ashwin, C., 2000. A large-scale neuroanatomical model of attention implemented as a computer simulation. In: Computational Neuroscience: Trends in Research 2000. Elsevier, pp. 967-972.
Brosnan, M., Lewton, M. and Ashwin, C., 2016. Reasoning on the autism spectrum:a dual process theory account. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46 (6), pp. 2115-2125.
Wingenbach, T. S., Ashwin, C. and Brosnan, M., 2016. Validation of the Amsterdam Dynamic Facial Expression set – Bath Intensity Variations (ADFES-BIV):a set of videos expressing low, intermediate, and high intensity emotions. PLoS ONE, 11 (1), e0147112.
Fox, E., Zougkou, K., Ashwin, C. and Cahill, S., 2015. Investigating the efficacy of attention bias modification in reducing high spider fear: The role of individual differences in initial bias. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 49 (Part A), pp. 84-93.
Ashwin, C., Hietanen, J. K. and Baron-Cohen, S., 2015. Atypical integration of social cues for orienting to gaze direction in adults with autism. Molecular Autism, 6 (5).
Singleton, C. J., Ashwin, C. and Brosnan, M., 2014. Physiological Responses to Social and Nonsocial Stimuli in Neurotypical Adults With High and Low Levels of Autistic Traits:Implications for Understanding Nonsocial Drive in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Autism Research, 7 (6), pp. 695-703.
Brosnan, M., Chapman, E. and Ashwin, C., 2014. Adolescents with autism spectrum disorder show a circumspect reasoning bias rather than 'jumping-to-conclusions'. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44 (3), pp. 513-520.
Ashwin, C., Chapman, E., Howells, J., Rhydderch, D., Walker, I. and Baron-Cohen, S., 2014. Enhanced olfactory sensitivity in autism spectrum conditions. Molecular Autism, 5 (53), 1 - 9.
Brosnan, M. J., Ashwin, C. and Gamble, T., 2013. Greater empathizing and reduced systemizing in people who show a jumping to conclusions bias in the general population: implications for psychosis. Psychosis, 5 (1), pp. 71-81.
Wakabayashi, A., Baron-Cohen, S. and Ashwin, C., 2012. Do the traits of autism-spectrum overlap with those of schizophrenia or obsessive-compulsive disorder in the general population? Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 6 (2), pp. 717-725.
Ashwin, C., Holas, P., Broadhurst, S., Kokoszka, A., Georgiou, G. and Fox, E., 2012. Enhanced anger superiority effect in generalized anxiety disorder and panic disorder. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 26 (2), pp. 329-336.
Fox, E., Yates, A. and Ashwin, C., 2011. Trait anxiety and perceptual load as determinants of emotion processing in a fear conditioning paradigm. Emotion, 12 (2), pp. 236-249.
Yates, A., Ashwin, C. and Fox, E., 2010. Does emotion processing require attention? The effects of fear conditioning and perceptual load. Emotion, 10 (6), pp. 822-830.
Brosnan, M., Ashwin, C., Walker, I. and Donaghue, J., 2010. Can an ‘Extreme Female Brain’ be characterised in terms of psychosis? Personality and Individual Differences, 49 (7), pp. 738-743.
Pomarol-Clotet, E., Hynes, F., Ashwin, C., Bullmore, E. T., McKenna, P. J. and Laws, K. R., 2010. Facial emotion processing in schizophrenia: a non-specific neuropsychological deficit? Psychological Medicine, 40 (6), pp. 911-919.
Standage, H., Ashwin, C. and Fox, E., 2010. Is manipulation of mood a critical component of cognitive bias modification procedures? Behaviour Research and Therapy, 48 (1), pp. 4-10.
Fox, E., Ridgewell, A. and Ashwin, C., 2009. Looking on the bright side: biased attention and the human serotonin transporter gene. Proceedings of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences, 276 (1663), pp. 1747-1751.
Ashwin, C., Ricciardelli, P. and Baron-Cohen, S., 2009. Positive and negative gaze perception in autism spectrum conditions. Social Neuroscience, 4 (2), pp. 153-164.
Ashwin, E., Ashwin, C., Rhydderch, D., Howells, J. and Baron-Cohen, S., 2009. Eagle-eyed visual acuity: an experimental investigation of enhanced perception in autism. Biological Psychiatry, 65 (1), pp. 17-21.
Standage, H., Ashwin, C. and Fox, E., 2009. Comparing visual and auditory presentation for the modification of interpretation bias. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 40 (4), pp. 558-570.
Baron-Cohen, S., Ashwin, E., Ashwin, C., Tavassoli, T. and Chakrabarti, B., 2009. Talent in autism: hyper-systemizing, hyper-attention to detail and sensory hypersensitivity. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B - Biological Sciences, 364 (1522), pp. 1377-1383.
Colle, L., Mate, D., Del Giudice, M., Ashwin, C. and Baron-Cohen, S., 2007. Children's understanding of intentional vs. non-intentional action. Journal of Cognitive Science, 8 (1), pp. 39-68.
Ashwin, C., Baron-Cohen, S., Wheelwright, S., O'Riordan, M. and Bullmore, E. T., 2007. Differential activation of the amygdala and the 'social brain' during fearful face-processing in Asperger Syndrome. Neuropsychologia, 45 (1), pp. 2-14.
Baron-Cohen, S., Bor, D., Billington, J., Asher, J., Wheelwright, S. and Ashwin, C., 2007. Savant memory in a man with colour form-number synaesthesia and Asperger syndrome. Journal of Consciousness Studies, 14 (9-10), pp. 237-251.
Ashwin, C., Wheelwright, S. and Baron-Cohen, S., 2006. Attention bias to faces in Asperger Syndrome: a pictorial emotion Stroop study. Psychological Medicine, 36 (6), pp. 835-843.
Gomot, M., Bernard, F. A., Davis, M. H., Belmonte, M. K., Ashwin, C., Bullmore, E. T. and Baron-Cohen, S., 2006. Change detection in children with autism: An auditory event-related fMRI study. NeuroImage, 29 (2), pp. 475-484.
Ashwin, C., Wheelwright, S. and Baron-Cohen, S., 2006. Finding a face in the crowd: Testing the anger superiority effect in Asperger Syndrome. Brain and Cognition, 61 (1), pp. 78-95.
Ashwin, C., Chapman, E., Colle, L. and Baron-Cohen, S., 2006. Impaired recognition of negative basic emotions in autism: A test of the amygdala theory. Social Neuroscience, 1 (3-4), pp. 349-363.
Welchew, D. E., Ashwin, C., Berkouk, K., Salvador, R., Suckling, J., Baron-Cohen, S. and Bullmore, E., 2005. Functional disconnectivity of the medial temporal lobe in Asperger's syndrome. Biological Psychiatry, 57 (9), pp. 991-998.
Ashwin, C., Wheelwright, S. and Baron-Cohen, S., 2005. Laterality biases to chimeric faces in Asperger syndrome: What is 'Right' about face-processing? Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 35 (2), pp. 183-196.
Ashwin, C., 2004. Linking the brain and behaviour in autism spectrum disorders. Applied Cognitive Psychology, 18 (7), pp. 933-935.
Reynolds, D. V. and Ashwin, C., 2000. A large-scale neuroanatomical model of attention implemented as a computer simulation. Neurocomputing, 32-33, pp. 967-971.
Conference or Workshop Items
Singleton, C., Brosnan, M. and Ashwin, C., 2014. Attention to non-social and social details in adults with high and low degrees of autistic traits: A change blindness study. In: International Meeting for Autism Research 2014, 2014-05-15 - 2014-05-17.
Brosnan, M., Chapman, E. and Ashwin, C., 2013. Adolescents with autism spectrum disorder do not jump to conclusions. In: IMFAR, 2013, 2013-05-02 - 2013-05-04.
Black, J., Ashwin, C. and Brosnan, M., 2013. Attention to social and mechanical objects in relation to autism traits and social anxiety. In: IMFAR, 2013, 2013-05-02 - 2013-05-04.
Griffiths, P. C., Ashwin, C. and Brosnan, M., 2013. Using visual adaptation to explore facial emotion expression representation in relation to autism traits. In: IMFAR, 2013, 2013-05-02 - 2013-05-04.
Brosnan, M., Ashwin, C. and Donaghue, J., 2009. Where are the females with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)? If ASD is an extreme male brain is there an extreme female brain? In: Bristol Autism Research Group, 2009-01-01.
Pomarol-Clotet, E., Suckling, J., Colle, L., Ashwin, C., Honey, G., Honey, R., Salvador, R., Fletcher, P., McKenna, P. J., Baron-Cohen, S. and Bullmore, E., 2006. Reduced amygdala activation during an intentionality task in schizophrenia and Asperger's syndrome. In: 13th Biennial Winter Workshop on Schizophrenia Research, 2006-02-04 - 2006-02-10.