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Date: Thursday 2nd November
Room: College Building C138
Dr Jennifer Mayer (University of Roehampton)
Sensory atypicalities in high-functioning adults with ASD and the broader autism phenotype
Sensory functioning atypicalities are a common feature in Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD) and are now included within the ASD diagnostic criteria in the DSM-5. Dr Mayer’s research talk will explore sensory processing behaviours within auditory, olfactory and visual modalities in high functioning adults with ASD as well as the extent to which sensory atypicalities within these modalities are associated with autistic traits in the typically developing population. Current research, in collaboration with her PhD student, examining the impact of background noise on visual processing of complex and dynamic social scenes in high functioning adults with ASD will be also be discussed.
Dr Jennifer Mayer received her PhD in 2013 from Goldsmiths College, University of London. In 2012, she joined the Psychology Department at the University of Roehampton where she is now a Principal Teaching Fellow and convenes the BSc Psychology programme. Jen’s main research interests are Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), sensory atypicalities, the broader autism phenotype, self-developed coping mechanisms in adults with ASD and experiences of receiving an ASD diagnosis