Dr Amy Pearson

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Lecturer in Psychology

I graduated from the University of Nottingham in 2009 and completed a Masters in Cognitive Neuroscience and PhD in Autism research, supervised by Dr Danielle Ropar and Dr Antonia Hamilton. My PhD examined the development perspective taking in neurotypical and autistic individuals.

I am primarily interested in how we use information from the world around us to communicate and socialise with others, and factors that contribute towards health and wellbeing in children and adults. 

I am a Fellow of Higher Education Academy and a member of the Experimental Psychology Society and British Psychological Society Developmental Section.

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.

I supervise projects at both undergraduate and postgraduate level. 

Research interests for potential research students

I am interested in projects that examine neurotypical and neurodiverse development, autism, social cognition, and the impact of personal factors (such as socio economic status and body image) on health and wellbeing.


My primary area of interest is the development of the social self in both neuro-typical 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 in community samples (children, adolescents and people with chronic illness).


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Number of items: 6.


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 Fri Feb 22 19:26:54 2019 GMT.

Areas of expertise

  • Autism
  • Child and adult development
  • Neurodiversity
  • Social cognition
  • Perspective taking
  • Socio-economic status and psychological health
  • Mental health stigma
  • Social communication and social media
  • Inequality 

Last updated 30 January 2018