Cari-lène Mul

PhD candidate and Graduate Teaching Assistant

Faculty:Faculty of Science and Engineering

School:Psychology and Sport Science

Location: Cambridge

Research interests

Thesis title

Bodily self-consciousness in Autism Spectrum Disorders

Supervisory team

Dr Jane Aspell

Dr Steven Stagg

Dr John Lambie

Research Group

Cari-lène is a member of our Body and Self Research Area which forms part of our Brain and Cognition Research Group. She also belongs to our Autism Research Area, part of our Applied, Social and Health Psychology Research Group.

Summary of Research

Cari-lène’s PhD project investigates interoception (the sense of the physiological state of the body) in people with high-functioning ASD. She uses behavioural, psychophysiological and neurophysiological (EEG) experiments to find out if interoceptive processing is in any way different in people with ASD compared to the typical population, and if they are related to some of the characteristics of ASD, such as differences in the understanding of others and emotion processing.

Selected recent publications

Mul, C., Stagg, S.D., Herbelin, B., Aspell, J.E., 2018. The Feeling of Me Feeling for You: Interoception, Alexithymia and Empathy in Autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. Read online here

Recent presentations and conferences

ARU Department of Psychology Research Seminar, Cambridge, 2016. Interoceptive awareness, alexithymia and empathy in Autism Spectrum Disorders. Presentation.

IMFAR-INSAR, Salt Lake City, USA, 2015. Interoceptive awareness, alexithymia and empathy in Autism. Poster presentation.

ARU Faculty of Science & Technology Research Conference, Chelmsford, 2015. The feeling of me and feeling for you: Interoceptive awareness, alexithymia and empathy in ASD. Presentation.

Shared experiences; The boundaries of the social brain. Aigina Summer School, Greece, 2014. Sensory sensitivity and the understanding of one’s own and others’ emotions. Poster presentation.