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Dr Amy Pearson

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Senior 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, and the development of social relationships in neurodivergent and neurotypical people.  

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 courses. My specialist areas of expertise are development (neurotypical and neurodivergent) and social cognition. 

I am Module Leader for:

  • Stage 2 PSY266 Investigating Complex issues in Psychology
  • Stage 3 PSY380 Research to Reality
  • Stage 3 PSY390 Development and Neurodiversity 

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, identity, and wellbeing in neurodivergent and neurotypical children and adults.


My primary area of interest is the development of the social self in both neurotypical and neurodivergent individuals. My research focuses on factors affecting social relationships, identity and wellbeing.


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Pearson, Amy and Hodgetts, Sophie (2020) Can Cerebral Lateralisation Explain Heterogeneity in Language and Increased Non-right Handedness in Autism? A literature review. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 105 (103738). ISSN 0891-4222

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 Sat Sep 19 06:53:56 2020 BST.
  • 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 14 September 2020

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