School:Psychology and Sport Science
Investigating the role of interoception in the social behaviour of people with Autism.
Piers is a member of our Body and Self Research Area which forms part of our Brain and Cognition Research Group. He also belongs to our Autism Research Area, part of our Applied, Social and health Psychology Research Group.
Piers’ PhD project examines the links between interoception (the sense of the physiological state of the body), emotion processing and social cognition in people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Behavioural, psychophysiological and neurophysiological (EEG) experiments will be used by him to find out if interoceptive processing is 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 emotion processing and understanding others. He is utilizing this research to develop interventions which are designed to improve social skills in people with ASD.
9th Annual FSE Research Conference, 2019, Anglia Ruskin University, Science Centre, Cambridge.