Dr Amy Pearson

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Lecturer in Psychology

I graduated with a BSc in Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience from the University of Nottingham in 2009, followed by a Masters in Cognitive Neuroscience in 2010 and a PhD in Autism research in 2014. My PhD was supervised by Dr Danielle Ropar and Dr Antonia Hamilton and examined the development of visual perspective taking in autistic and neurotypical  individuals.

I am primarily interested in how we use information from the world around us to communicate and socialise with others, including but not limited to visual and mental perspective taking, and emotion recognition. I am also interested in factors that contribute towards health and wellbeing in autistic and neurotypical children and adults. 

I am a Fellow of Higher Education Academy and a member of the Experimental Psychology Society. I am a member of British Psychological Society Developmental Section, and co-editor of the BPS Developmental Forum.

Teaching and supervision

I teach across a range of modules on both the Undergraduate and Postgraduate Psychology programmes. My specialist areas of expertise are development (typical and atypical) and social cognition. 

I am module leader of Stage 1 PSY123 Mind to World, and Stage 2 PSY266 Investigating Complex issues in Psychology.

I supervise projects at both Undergraduate and Postgraduate level.

Research interests for potential research students

I am interested in supervising projects that examine social cognition, social relationships, and wellbeing in neurotypical and neurodiverse children and adults.


My primary area of interest is the development of the social self in both neurotypical and autistic individuals. My research focuses on how we understand the world from different viewpoints, and how the perception of bodies (both our own, and the bodies of others) influences how we interact with others. 

I am also interested in factors that affect health and wellbeing and cognition.


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Forster, Samantha and Pearson, Amy (2019) “Bullies tend to be obvious”: Autistic Adults Perceptions of Friendship and the Concept of ‘Mate Crime’. Disability and Society.

Pearson, Amy, Marsh, Lauren, Ropar, Danielle and Hamilton, Antonia (2016) Cognitive Mechanisms underlying visual perspective taking in typical and ASC children. Autism Research, 9 (1). pp. 121-130. ISSN 1939 3792

Marsh, L. E., Pearson, Amy, Ropar, D. and Hamilton, A. F. de C. (2015) Predictive Gaze During Observation of Irrational Actions in Adults with Autism Spectrum Conditions. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45 (1). pp. 245-261. ISSN 0162-3257

Pillai, Dhanya, Sheppard, Elizabeth, Ropar, Danielle, Marsh, Lauren, Pearson, Amy and Mitchell, Peter (2014) Using Other Minds as a Window Onto the World: Guessing What Happened from Clues in Behaviour. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44 (10). pp. 2430-2439. ISSN 0162-3257

Pearson, Amy, Marsh, Lauren, Hamilton, Antonia and Ropar, Danielle (2014) Spatial Transformations of Bodies and Objects in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44 (9). pp. 2277-2289. ISSN 0162-3257

Marsh, L., Pearson, Amy, Ropar, D. and Hamilton, A. (2013) Children with autism do not overimitate. Current Biology, 23 (7). R266-R268. ISSN 09609822

Pearson, Amy, Ropar, Danielle and de C. Hamilton, Antonia F. (2013) A review of visual perspective taking in autism spectrum disorder. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7. ISSN 1662-5161

This list was generated on Sun Dec 8 14:07:13 2019 GMT.
  • Autism
  • Child and adult development
  • Neurodiversity
  • Social cognition
  • Perspective taking
  • Socio-economic status and psychological health
  • Mental health stigma
  • Social communication 
  • Inequality 

For regular research updates follow me on twitter at @DrAmyPearson

Last updated 07 December 2019