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We are currently looking for individuals (aged 18+) with a clinical diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) to take part in paid research studies at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology and Neuroscience at King's College London (UK). Only by working alongside the autism community can researchers achieve a better understanding of the condition. We are extremely grateful for the continued support of volunteers with autism, without whom our research would not be possible. If you would like to participate or request more information, please use the contact form to register your interest (or email with your query). 

About us
We are a group of autism researchers, based in London, UK. Over the past six years, our research has addressed a range of questions relating to face perception, expression recognition, empathy, the effects of co-occurring alexithymia, and wider aspects of social cognition. Many of our ongoing studies are computer-based, but there may be the opportunity to participate in neuroimaging studies in the future. References and links to some of our recently published autism research can be found at the bottom of the page. 

Dr Geoff Bird

Senior Lecturer, SGDP Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience 

King's College London 



Dr Richard Cook

Senior Lecturer, Department of Psychology

City University London



Rebecca Brewer

PhD Student,  SGDP Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Neuroscience

King's College London


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Some of our recently published autism research: 

Cook, R., Brewer, R., Shah, P., & Bird, G. (2014). Intact facial adaptation in autistic adults. Autism Research, 7(4), 481-490. 

Bird, G., & Viding, E. (2014).The self to other model of empathy: Providing a new framework for understanding empathy impairments in psychopathy, autism, and alexithymia. Neuroscience and Biobehavioral Reviews, 47, 520-532. 

Cook, R., Brewer, R., Shah, P., & Bird, G. (2013). Alexithymia, not autism, predicts poor recognition of emotional facial expressions. Psychological Science, 24(5), 723-732.

Bird, G. & Cook, R. (2013). Mixed emotions: The contribution of alexithymia to the emotional symptoms of autism.  Translational Psychiatry, 3(7), e285. (Link here)

Shah, P., Gaule, A., Bird, G., & Cook, R. (2013). Robust orienting to protofacial stimuli in autism. Current Biology, 23(24), R1087-R1088. 

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Bernhardt, B. C., Valk, S., Silani, G., Bird, G., Frith, U., & Singer, T. (2013). Selective disruption of socio-cognitive brain networks in autism and alexithymia. Cerebral Cortex, 24(12), 3258-67.

Cage, E., Pellicano, E., Shah, P., & Bird, G. (2013). Reputation management: Evidence for ability but reduced propensity in autism. Autism Research, 6(5), 433-42.

Cook, J., & Bird, G. (2012). Atypical Social Modulation of Imitation in Autism Spectrum Conditions. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 42, 1045-1051.

Bird, G., Press, C., & Richardson, D.C. (2011). The role of alexithymia in reduced eye-fixation in Autism Spectrum Conditions. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 41, 1556-1564.

Spengler, S., Bird, G., & Brass, M. (2010) Hyper-imitation of actions is related to reduced understanding of others’ minds in autism spectrum conditions. Biological Psychiatry, 68, 1148-1155.

Press, C., Richardson, D.C., & Bird, G. (2010) Intact imitation of emotional facial expressions in autism spectrum conditions. Neuropsychologia, 48, 3291-3297.

Bird, G., Silani, G., Brindley, R., White, S., Frith, U., & Singer, T. (2010). Empathic brain responses in insula are modulated by levels of alexithymia but not autism. Brain, 133, 1515-1525. (Link here)