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 experience of the social world 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 and neurodiversity.
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 empirical projects at both undergraduate and postgraduate level.
Current PhD students
Leah Bonney: Sharing Realities for Social Reciprocity, Interaction and Stigma Amelioration Through Fiction.
Research interests for potential research students
I am interested in how autistic people experience the social world. My current projects focus on:Interpersonal Victimisation: Research suggests that Autistic people are more likely to experience abuse at the hands of people they know and trust. We have been studying the experiences of autistic people, and looking at what we can do to a) prevent victimisation, and b) provide support for autistic people who have been victimised.
Autistic Identity: Autistic people experience stigma and dehumanisation, which can contribute towards the masking of autistic identity. Our current projects in this area are focused on understanding the development of masking, and what contributes towards a positive sense of self for autistic people.
Pearson, Amy and Rose, Kieran (2021) A Conceptual Analysis of Autistic Masking: Understanding the Narrative of Stigma and the Illusion of Choice. Autism in Adulthood, 3 (1). ISSN 2573-959X
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
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
- Child and adult development
- Social cognition
- Perspective taking
- Socio-economic status and psychological health
- Mental health stigma
- Social communication