UK Autism Research

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What is autism?
Autism is a lifelong condition that affects how individuals interact with others and how they experience the world around them. In the UK there are around 700,000 autistic adults and children. 

Key characteristics of autism include: 
  • Social communication difficulties 
  • Repetitive and restricted patterns of behaviours (including, highly focused interests or hobbies)
  • Hyper-or-Hypo sensitivity to light, smell, taste or touch

Who are we? 

We are a group of academic psychologists based at universities around the United Kingdom. Our research interests span a range of topics including, vision, memory, language, spatial navigation, motor control, use of social media and online behaviour. Through our research, we are seeking a better understanding of autism: how do cognitive processes differ in those with and those without autism? In what cognitive domains do people with autism struggle? In what areas do people with autism excel?   

Our research does not aim to find a cure for autism. We believe that neurotypically diverse individuals, including those on the autism spectrum, are valued members of our society. Autism is part of a person's identity and should be seen as a difference rather than a disadvantage that needs to be corrected. We receive no funding from, nor have any connections with, the pharmaceutical industry. 

Who are we looking for?

We are seeking to recruit adults aged 18 to 60 with a clinical diagnosis of autism (including autism spectrum disorder and Asperger's syndrome) to participate in research studies to be conducted online. You must be resident in the UK and English must be your first language. 

In order to register, you will need to provide some details (e.g., your age and nationality) and complete three questionnaires. Once you have registered, we will send you details of our latest research studies for your consideration. 

By participating in our research you will be contributing to our understanding of autism. In many cases, we are also able to financially reimburse volunteers for their time.