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19 minutes | Jan 10, 2022
On the sensory experiences of autistic adults, with Keren MacLennan
Dr Keren MacLennan is a postdoctoral researcher at the University of Reading, who specialises in sensory reactivity, mental health, and autism. She has key interests in examining how the sensory world impacts autistic people, but also why autistic people are at greater risk of developing mental health conditions, such as anxiety. During this podcast, Keren chats to Louisa about a piece of recently published work, co-produced with autistic individuals, that looks at autistic adults' experiences of having sensory reactivity differences.You can find Keren on Twitter @KerenMacLennan and on Instagram @theanxiousscientistIf you'd like to find out more about the Sensory Street project we mentioned in today's episode, you can find out more here!--- The paper discussed in this podcast isMacLennan, K., O’Brien, S. & Tavassoli, T. (2021). In our own words: The complex sensory experiences of autistic adults. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.
22 minutes | Dec 22, 2021
PsychologiCALL season three taster, and a new host!
PsychologiCALL is back for season three, with a new host!Louisa is an autistic academic working at the university of Reading. In this trailer episode, she talks to Sue about the podcast so far, the podcast handover, and her plans for season three.You can find out more about Louisa and her research here, and you can find her on Twitter @ljthomas1991---The blog post we mentioned in today's trailer episode contains advice on starting a PhD, and you can find it here.---Tune back in for the first episode of season three of PsychologiCALL on 10th January 2022!
21 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
On early trauma and neurodevelopment, with Helen Minnis
Helen Minnis is a Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at the University of Glasgow. Professor Minnis spent time working as an Orphanage Doctor in Guatemala in the early 1990s prior to training in Psychiatry, and this stimulated an interest in the effects of early maltreatment on children's development. Her research focus has been on Attachment Disorder and she is now conducting intervention research for maltreated children including a randomised controlled trial of an infant mental health service for young children in foster care. You can find out more about Helen's work on her academic profile page or by following her on twitter. The paper discussed in this episode is: Dinkler, L., Lundström, S., Gajwani, R., Lichtenstein, P., Gillberg, C., & Minnis, H. (2017). Maltreatment‐associated neurodevelopmental disorders: a co‐twin control analysis. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 58(6), 691-701.Many thanks to Naomi Meiksin for editing the transcript for this episode.
22 minutes | Apr 16, 2021
On pattern learning in autism, with Sebastian Gaigg
Sebastian is a psychologist at City University's Autism Research Group, where his research focusses on two main topics; mental health in autism with a particular focus on anxiety, and understanding learning and memory processes across the autism spectrum. During this podcast he chats to Sue about a recent piece of work that sought to establish whether individual differences in aspects of implicit learning might play a role in the varying degrees of language impairments that are seen across the autism spectrum.You can find out more about Sebastian's work on his profile page and here you can find out more about the wider work of the Autism Research Group at CityThe paper discussed in this podcast is Gaigg, S.B., Krug, M.K., Solomon, M., Roestorf, A., Derwent, C., Anns, S., Bowler, D.M., Rivera, S., Wu Nordahl, C. & Jones, E.J.H. (2020). Eye-tracking reveals absent repetition learning across the autism spectrum: Evidence from a passive viewing task. Autism Research, 13, 1929-1946.Many thanks to Naomi Meiksin for editing the transcript for this episode.
25 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
On children's creative ideas, with Sarah Rose
Dr Sarah Rose is a developmental psychologist and Course Leader for the Psychology and Child Development Undergraduate degree course at Staffordshire University. She specialises in children's creative development, and external influences on this such as screen time. In this podcasts she chats to Sue about a piece of research looking at where children get their ideas of what to draw.You can find out more about Sarah's work by following her on twitter. The paper discussed in this episode is: Rose, S. E. & Jolley, R. P. (2020). Children’s creative intentions: where do the ideas for their drawings come from. Journal of Creative Behaviour, 54, 712-724 Many thanks to Naomi Meiksin for editing the transcript for this episode.
21 minutes | Apr 2, 2021
On theta waves and information processing, with Emily Jones
Emily is a developmental psychologist who works at the Birkbeck Babylab in London and specialises in understanding early neurodevelopmental pathways to conditions such as autism and ADHD. During this podcast she chats to Sue about a piece of work looking at how changes in early brain activity may predict later cognitive skills in neurodiverse cohorts.You can find out more about Emily's work by checking out the BONDS project pages and the Birkbeck Babylab site, and you can follow her on twitter here.The paper discussed in this episode is:Jones, E. J. H., Goodwin, A., Orekhova, E., Charman, T., Dawson, G., Webb, S. J., & Johnson, M. H. (2020). Infant EEG theta modulation predicts childhood intelligence. Scientific reports, 10(1), 1-10.Many thanks to Naomi Meiksin for editing the transcript for this episode.
19 minutes | Mar 26, 2021
On primary to secondary school transition, with Charlotte Bagnall
Dr Charlotte Bagnall is a developmental psychologist at The University of Exeter who specialises in school transition research. During this podcast she chats to Sue about a piece of work looking at Year 7 parents', children's and Year 6 and 7 teachers' retrospective experiences of primary-secondary school transition using focus group methodology and how these stakeholders feel this period can be improved. This research has made a unique contribution to the field of primary-secondary school transition, both in terms of the findings and the analytical method used, as Charlotte describes. You can find out more about Charlotte by following her on twitter here. The paper discussed during this podcast is: Bagnall, C. L., Skipper, Y., & Fox, C. L. (2019). ‘You're in this world now’: Students’, teachers’, and parents’ experiences of school transition and how they feel it can be improved. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 90(1), 206-226.More related papers from Charlotte and her colleagues are: Bagnall, C. L. (2020). Talking about School Transition (TaST): an emotional centred intervention to support children over primary-secondary school transition. Pastoral Care in Education, 38(2), 116-137.Bagnall, C. L., Fox, C. L., & Skipper, Y. (2021). When is the ‘optimal’ time for school transition? An insight into provision in the US. Pastoral Care in Education, 1-29.Many thanks to Naomi Meiksin for editing the transcript for this episode.
25 minutes | Mar 19, 2021
On early life experiences and long term outcomes, with Louise Marryat
Louise Marryat is a quantitative sociologist at the University of Dundee who specialises in using routinely collected data from health and education records, as well as birth cohort studies, to explore the pathways that children take throughout childhood and how services can support them to reach their full potential.You can find out more about Louise's work by following her on twitter here.The paper discussed in this episode is:Marryat, L, and Frank, J. Factors associated with adverse childhood experiences in Scottish children: a prospective cohort study. BMJ Paediatrics Open 3.1 (2019).Many thanks to Naomi Meiksin for editing the transcript for this episode.
21 minutes | Mar 12, 2021
On spatial cognition and STEM success, with Emily Farran
Emily Farran is a developmental psychologist at the University of Surrey. She directs the Cognition Genes and Developmental Variability (CoGDeV) Lab with co-director Katie Gilligan-Lee. Emily specialises in the typical and atypical development of spatial cognition. During this podcast she chats to Sue about the typical development of spatial cognition and its relationship to the development of STEM expertise.You can find out more about Emily's work by checking out her research profile here or following her on twitter here. Parents and teachers might also be interested in the practical tips covered in this blog post. The paper discussed in this podcast is: Farran, E. K. Spatial ability as a gateway to STEM success. Impact: the Journal of the Chartered College of Teaching, 18, 19.Many thanks to Naomi Meiksin for editing the transcript for this episode.
18 minutes | Mar 5, 2021
On sensory integration and autism, with Kirsty Ainsworth
Dr. Kirsty Ainsworth is a psychologist and lecturer at University of Glasgow who specialises in autism and sensory perception. During this podcast she chats to Sue about a piece of research on multisensory integration in autism.You can find out more about Kirsty's work by checking out the site for her former lab in MicGill here, and you can follow her on twitter here.The paper discussed in this episode is:Ainsworth, K., Ostrolenk, A., Irion, C., & Bertone, A. (2020). Reduced multisensory facilitation exists at different periods of development in autism. Cortex, 134, 195-206.Many thanks to Naomi Meiksin for editing the transcript for this episode.
22 minutes | Feb 26, 2021
On sensory reactivity and anxiety in autism, with Teresa Tavassoli
Since 2017 Teresa Tavassoli has been working at the University of Reading, first as a Lecturer and since 2019 as an Associate Professor. Her research is dedicated to deepening our understanding of sensory reactivity in autism and its variation across the population. Her work is using multidisciplinary approach to identify reliable ways to measure sensory reactivity as well as to elucidate underlying mechanisms, and examine links to mental health symptoms. You can find out more about Teresa's work by checking out the Centre for Autism's webpages and you can follow her on twitter here. The paper discussed in this episode is: MacLennan, K., Roach, L., & Tavassoli, T. (2020). The relationship between sensory reactivity differences and anxiety subtypes in autistic children. Autism Research, 13(5), 785-795.Many thanks to Naomi Meiksin for editing the transcript for this episode.
26 minutes | Feb 19, 2021
On language development and longitudinal research, with Courtenay Norbury
Professor Courtenay Norbury is a psychologist and speech-language therapist at UCL who specialises in language, cognition, and social interaction across a range of neurodevelopmental conditions. You can read more about Courtenay's work at her lab website here and follow her on twitter here. During this podcast she chats to Sue about SCALES, a 10-year longitudinal study that has been tracking the development of a large cohort of young children from school entry to Year 9.The following is one paper from the study discussed in the podcast: Norbury, C. F., Vamvakas, G., Gooch, D., Baird, G., Charman, T., Simonoff, E., & Pickles, A. (2017). Language growth in children with heterogeneous language disorders: a population study. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 58(10), 1092-1105.Many thanks to Naomi Meiksin for editing the transcript for this episode.
26 minutes | Feb 12, 2021
On Talking Walls and schools-based research, with Laura Crane
Laura Crane is an academic researcher at the Centre for Research in Autism and Education (CRAE) whose work focuses on improving educational experiences and outcomes for autistic young people. During the podcast, she chats to Sue about her research with Norah Richards, a practitioner-researcher from Prior's Court School, on the development and initial evaluation of a 'Talking Wall' to meaningfully elicit the voices of autistic young people with complex needs.You can find out more about Laura's work at her online profile, and follow her on twitter here. The reference for the paper being discussed in this podcast is: Richards, N., & Crane, L. (2020). The development and feasibility of a multimodal ‘Talking Wall’ to facilitate the voice of young people with autism and complex needs: a case study in a specialist residential school. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 50, 4267-4279. doi: 10.1007/s10803-020-04476-6Many thanks to Naomi Meiksin for editing the transcript for this episode.
28 minutes | Feb 5, 2021
On language and phonological memory, with Sue Gathercole
Sue Gathercole is a cognitive psychologist with interests in memory, learning and language. Until 2018 she was the Director of the MRC Cognition and Brain Sciences Unit (CBU) in Cambridge and is now based in Developmental Psychiatry at the University of Cambridge. In this podcast Sue talks about a classic paper in which she examined how memory for words was affected in children with language disorders and whether this might provide an explanation for those language problems. She reflects on the paper's influence and how developmental psychology research has changed since it was published. You can find out more about Sue's work at her online profile. The full reference for the paper being discussed in this podcast is:Gathercole, S. E., & Baddeley, A. D. (1990). Phonological memory deficits in language disordered children: Is there a causal connection?. Journal of memory and language, 29(3), 336-360.Many thanks to Naomi Meiksin for editing the transcript for this episode.
39 minutes | Aug 25, 2020
On early years screening for autism, with Professor Tony Charman
Tony's main research interest is development in autism and the clinical application of this work via screening, diagnostic, epidemiological, intervention, and family studies. During this podcast he chats to Sue about a piece of work looking at outcomes from an autism early screening study that taught him a lot about the value of sample, cohorts and methods.You can find out more about Tony's work at his online profile. You can follow Tony on Twitter here.The paper being discussed in this podcast is: A screening instrument for autism at 18 months of age: a 6-year follow-up study. Baird G, Charman T, Baron-Cohen S, Cox A, Swettenham J, Wheelwright S, Drew A. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry. 2000 Jun;39(6):694-702. doi: 10.1097/00004583-200006000-00007.
27 minutes | Aug 13, 2020
On social compensation in autism, with Dr Lucy Livingston
Dr Lucy Livingston is a psychologist and Lecturer at Cardiff University in the Wales Autism Research Centre, who specialises in neurodevelopmental conditions such as autism spectrum disorder. During this podcast, she chats to Sue about a piece of work looking at compensatory mechanisms in adolescents with autism spectrum disorder. You can find Lucy's lab group pages here and follow her on twitter here. The article discussed in the podcast is: Livingston, L. A., Colvert, E., Social Relationships Study Team, Bolton, P., & Happé, F. (2019). Good social skills despite poor theory of mind: exploring compensation in autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 60(1), 102-110.
17 minutes | Aug 11, 2020
On boosting mind-mindedness, with Professor Liz Meins
Elizabeth Meins has been studying how parents interact with their infants for 30 years. Her research has shown how “tuning in” to your child (so-called mind-mindedness) has a positive impact on parenting and children’s development. During this podcast she chats to Sue about her recent work in developing a smartphone app that has proved effective in boosting parents' mind-mindedness.You can follow Elizabeth on twitter here. The paper discussed in this episode is: Larkin et al. (2019) Proof of concept of a smartphone app to support delivery of an intervention to facilitate mothers’ mind-mindedness. PLOS One, 14(8): e0220948
20 minutes | Aug 9, 2020
On growing up in noisy households, with Dr Sam Wass
Dr Sam Wass is a developmental psychologist at the University of East London who specialises in investigating how early development is affected by the environments we grow up in, and by people around us. He talks to Sue about why children exposed to noisy and chaotic home environments show such widespread patterns of impairment during later life - affecting both academic performance, and long-term mental health outcomes. You can see Sam's website here and his lab site here. You can also follow him on Twitter. The paper we discussed in this podcast is: Wass, S. V., Smith, C. G., Daubney, K. R., Suata, Z. M., Clackson, K., Begum, A., & Mirza, F. U. (2019). Influences of environmental stressors on autonomic function in 12‐month‐old infants: understanding early common pathways to atypical emotion regulation and cognitive performance. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 60(12), 1323-1333.
19 minutes | Jul 1, 2020
On prosociality and language, with Dr Umar Toseeb
Dr Umar Toseeb is a Lecturer in Psychology in Education at the University of York. He is interested in children's mental health and wellbeing, specifically children with developmental differences such as developmental language disorder and autism spectrum conditions. During this podcast he chats to Sue about his recent paper on how prosocial behaviours (helping, sharing, caring etc.) develop during childhood and how they are related to mental health and wellbeing in children at risk of developmental language disorder.You can follow Umar on Twitter here.The paper discussed in this episode is:Toseeb, U., & St Clair, M. C. (2020). Trajectories of prosociality from early to middle childhood in children at risk of Developmental Language Disorder. Journal of communication disorders, 105984.
17 minutes | Jun 18, 2020
On interoception, with Dr Jenny Murphy
Dr Jenny Murphy is a psychologist at Royal Holloway University of London who specialises in interoception and social perception. During this podcast she chats to Sue about a piece of work looking at the relationship between interoceptive attention and interoceptive accuracy.You can follow Jenny on Twitter here.The paper discussed in this episode is: Murphy, J., Brewer, R., Plans, D., Khalsa, S. S., Catmur, C., & Bird, G. (2020). Testing the independence of self-reported interoceptive accuracy and attention. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 73(1), 115-133.
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