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13:00 - 14:00 28 November 2017

Experimental Psychology Seminar - The links between mimicry and reward: Insights for and from Autism


Room 305 | 26 Bedford Way (link Map)
London | WC1H 0DS | United Kingdom

Open to: Academic | Student

Speaker: Professor Bhismadev Chakrabarti, University of Reading.

In social species such as humans, social stimuli and interactions typically constitute an important set of reward signals. This premise may not hold true for autism spectrum disorders (ASD), based on the observation that individuals with ASD often do not find social stimuli and interactions to be rewarding. This account suggests that social behavioural difficulties in ASD are driven by a deficit in reward processing from social stimuli. In our research, we study the links between reward and a fundamental component of human social behaviour, i.e. spontaneous facial mimicry. Spontaneous facial mimicry is an integral part of everyday social interactions, e.g. we smile automatically when we see others smile at us. Individuals with ASD commonly show reduced spontaneous facial mimicry.


UCL Department of Experimental Psychology
+44 (0) 207 679 5332 | h.spiers@ucl.ac.uk


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