Dr Catherine Jones

Senior Lecturer

Research groups:
Neuroscience
Developmental & health psychology
Email:
JonesCR10@cardiff.ac.uk
Telephone:
+44(0)29 2087 0684
Location:
Tower Building, Park Place

Research summary

My research falls into two broad categories. First, I have been exploring the cognitive phenotype of autism spectrum disorders (ASD), with a particular interest in how relatively basic perceptual processing mechanisms impact on cognition and behaviour. Second, I investigate temporal processing, with a focus on the neural mechanisms of motor and perceptual timing and how the experience of time can be distorted by factors in the environment. This encompasses investigation of timing behaviour in individuals with neurological (Parkinson’s disease) and developmental (ASD) disorders.

Selected publications (2008 onwards)

2016

Milosavljevic, B., Carter Leno, V., Simonoff, E., Baird, G., Pickles, A., Jones, C. R. G., Erskine, C., Charman, T. and Happé, F. (2016). Alexithymia in adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Its relationship to internalising difficulties, sensory modulation and social cognitionJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46(4), 1354-1367. (10.1007/s10803-015-2670-8)

2015

Barrett, B., Mosweu, I., Jones, C. R. G., Charman, T., Baird, G., Simonoff, E., Pickles, A., Happe, F. and Byford, S. (2015). Comparing service use and costs among adolescents with autism spectrum disorders, special needs and typical developmentAutism, 19(5), 562-569. (10.1177/1362361314536626)

Barrett, S. L., Uljarevic, M., Baker, E. K., Richdale, A. L., Jones, C. R. G. and Leekam, S. R. (2015). The Adult Repetitive Behaviours Questionnaire-2 (RBQ-2A): A self-report measure of restricted and repetitive behavioursJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 1-13. (10.1007/s10803-015-2514-6) pdf

Carter Leno, V., Charman, T., Pickles, A., Jones, C. R. G., Baird, G., Happe, F. and Simonoff, E. (2015). Callous-unemotional traits in adolescents with autism spectrum disorderBritish Journal of Psychiatry, 207(5), 392-399. (10.1192/bjp.bp.114.159863)

Jones, C. R. G. and Jahanshahi, M. (2015). Striatal and frontal pathology: Parkinson's Disease and patients with lesions of the Basal ganglia and frontal cortex. In: Vatakis, A. and Allman, M. eds. Time Distortions in Mind: Temporal Processing in Clinical Populations. Brill, pp. 250-280. (10.1163/9789004230699_011)

Whitaker, L., Jones, C. R. G., Wilkins, A. J. and Roberson, D. (2015). Judging the intensity of emotional expression in faces: the effects of colored tints on individuals with autism spectrum disorderAutism Research, n/a. (10.1002/aur.1506)

2014

Hollocks, M. J., Jones, C. R. G., Pickles, A., Baird, G., Happé, F., Charman, T. and Simonoff, E. (2014). The association between social cognition and executive functioning and symptoms of anxiety and depression in adolescents with autism spectrum disordersAutism Research, 7(2), 216-228. (10.1002/aur.1361)

Jones, C. C. R. and Jahanshahi, M. (2014). Motor and perceptual timing in Parkinson's Disease. In: Merchant, H. and De Lafuente, V. eds. Neurobiology of Interval Timing, Vol 829. Springer, pp. 265-290. (10.1007/978-1-4939-1782-2_14)

Jones, C. R. G. and Jahanshahi, M. (2014). Contributions of the basal ganglia to temporal processing: Evidence from Parkinson's DiseaseTiming & Time Perception, 2(1), 87-127. (10.1163/22134468-00002009)

2013

Claassen, D. O., Jones, C. R. G., Yu, M., Dirnberger, G., Malone, T., Parkinson, M., Giunti, P., Kubovy, M. and Jahanshahi, M. (2013). Deciphering the impact of cerebellar and basal ganglia dysfunction in accuracy and variability of motor timingNeuropsychologia, 51(2), 267-274. (10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2012.09.018)

Jones, C. R. G. (2013). Wisconsin card sorting test. In: Volkmar, F. ed. Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dordrecht: Springer,

Ricketts, J., Jones, C. R. G., Happé, F. and Charman, T. (2013). Reading comprehension in autism spectrum disorders: the role of oral language and social functioningJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 43(4), 807-816. (10.1007/s10803-012-1619-4)

Simonoff, E., Jones, C. R. G., Baird, G., Pickles, A., Happé, F. and Charman, T. (2013). The persistence and stability of psychiatric problems in adolescents with autism spectrum disordersJournal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 54(2), 186-194. (10.1111/j.1469-7610.2012.02606.x)

2012

Megnin, O., Flitton, A., Jones, C. R. G., de Haan, M., Baldeweg, T. and Charman, T. (2012). Audiovisual speech integration in autism spectrum disorders: ERP evidence for atypicalities in lexical-semantic processingAutism Research, 5(1), 39-48. (10.1002/aur.231)

Simonoff, E., Jones, C. R. G., Pickles, A., Happe, F., Baird, G. and Charman, T. (2012). Severe mood problems in adolescents with autism spectrum disorderJournal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 53(11), 1157-1166. (10.1111/j.1469-7610.2012.02600.x)

2011

Charman, T., Jones, C. R. G., Pickles, A., Simonoff, E., Baird, G. and Happé, F. (2011). Defining the cognitive phenotype of autismBrain Research, 1380, 10-21. (10.1016/j.brainres.2010.10.075)

Jones, C. R. G., Happe´, F., Pickles, A., Marsden, A. J. S., Tregay, J., Baird, G., Simonoff, E. and Charman, T. (2011). 'Everyday memory' impairments in autism spectrum disordersJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 41(4), 455-464. (10.1007/s10803-010-1067-y)

Jones, C. R. G., Pickles, A., Falcaro, M., Marsden, A. J. S., Happé, F., Scott, S. K., Sauter, D., Tregay, J., Phillips, R. J., Baird, G., Simonoff, E. and Charman, T. (2011). A multimodal approach to emotion recognition ability in autism spectrum disordersJournal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 52(3), 275-285. (10.1111/j.1469-7610.2010.02328.x)

Jones, C. R. G. and Jahanshahi, M. (2011). Dopamine modulates striato-frontal functioning during temporal processingFrontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 5 (10.3389/fnint.2011.00070) pdf

Jones, C. R. G., Claassen, D. O., Yu, M., Spies, J. R., Malone, T., Dirnberger, G., Jahanshahi, M. and Kubovy, M. (2011). Modeling accuracy and variability of motor timing in treated and untreated Parkinson's disease and healthy controlsFrontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 5 (10.3389/fnint.2011.00081) pdf

Jones, C. R. G., Swettenham, J., Charman, T., Marsden, A. J. S., Tregay, J., Baird, G., Simonoff, E. and Happé, F. (2011). No evidence for a fundamental visual motion processing deficit in adolescents with autism spectrum disordersAutism Research, 4(5), 347-357. (10.1002/aur.209)

2010

Jahanshahi, M., Jones, C. R. G., Zijlmans, J., Katzenschlager, R., Lee, L., Quinn, N., Frith, C. D. and Lees, A. J. (2010). Dopaminergic modulation of striato-frontal connectivity during motor timing in Parkinson's diseaseBrain, 133(3), 727-745. (10.1093/brain/awq012)

2009

Jones, C. R. G., Happé, F., Baird, G., Simonoff, E., Marsden, A. J. S., Tregay, J., Phillips, R. J., Goswami, U., Thomson, J. M. and Charman, T. (2009). Auditory discrimination and auditory sensory behaviours in autism spectrum disordersNeuropsychologia, 47(13), 2850-2858. (10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2009.06.015)

Jones, C. R. G., Happe, F., Golden, H., Marsden, A. J. S., Tregay, J., Simonoff, E., Pickles, A., Baird, G. and Charman, T. (2009). Reading and arithmetic in adolescents with autism spectrum disorders: Peaks and dips in attainmentNeuropsychology, 23(6), 718-728. (10.1037/a0016360)

Jones, C. R. G. and Jahanshahi, M. (2009). The substantia nigra, the basal ganglia, dopamine and temporal processing. In: Di Giovanni, G., Di Matteo, V. and Esposito, E. eds. Birth, Life and Death of Dopaminergic Neurons in the Substantia Nigra. Vienna: Springer Verlag, pp. 161-171.

2008

Jahanshahi, M., Pieter, S., Alusi, S. H., Jones, C. R. G., Glickman, S., Stein, J., Aziz, T. and Bain, P. G. (2008). Effects on cognition of stereotactic lesional surgery for the treatment of tremor in multiple sclerosisBehavioural Neurology, 20(1-2), 1-9. (10.3233/BEN-2008-0207)

Jones, C. R. G., Malone, T. J. L., Dirnberger, G., Edwards, M. and Jahanshahi, M. (2008). Basal ganglia, dopamine and temporal processing: performance on three timing tasks on and off medication in Parkinson's diseaseBrain and Cognition, 68(1), 30-41. (10.1016/j.bandc.2008.02.121)

Full list of publications

2016

Milosavljevic, B., Carter Leno, V., Simonoff, E., Baird, G., Pickles, A., Jones, C. R. G., Erskine, C., Charman, T. and Happé, F. (2016). Alexithymia in adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Its relationship to internalising difficulties, sensory modulation and social cognitionJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46(4), 1354-1367. (10.1007/s10803-015-2670-8)

2015

Barrett, B., Mosweu, I., Jones, C. R. G., Charman, T., Baird, G., Simonoff, E., Pickles, A., Happe, F. and Byford, S. (2015). Comparing service use and costs among adolescents with autism spectrum disorders, special needs and typical developmentAutism, 19(5), 562-569. (10.1177/1362361314536626)

Barrett, S. L., Uljarevic, M., Baker, E. K., Richdale, A. L., Jones, C. R. G. and Leekam, S. R. (2015). The Adult Repetitive Behaviours Questionnaire-2 (RBQ-2A): A self-report measure of restricted and repetitive behavioursJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 1-13. (10.1007/s10803-015-2514-6) pdf

Carter Leno, V., Charman, T., Pickles, A., Jones, C. R. G., Baird, G., Happe, F. and Simonoff, E. (2015). Callous-unemotional traits in adolescents with autism spectrum disorderBritish Journal of Psychiatry, 207(5), 392-399. (10.1192/bjp.bp.114.159863)

Jones, C. R. G. and Jahanshahi, M. (2015). Striatal and frontal pathology: Parkinson's Disease and patients with lesions of the Basal ganglia and frontal cortex. In: Vatakis, A. and Allman, M. eds. Time Distortions in Mind: Temporal Processing in Clinical Populations. Brill, pp. 250-280. (10.1163/9789004230699_011)

Whitaker, L., Jones, C. R. G., Wilkins, A. J. and Roberson, D. (2015). Judging the intensity of emotional expression in faces: the effects of colored tints on individuals with autism spectrum disorderAutism Research, n/a. (10.1002/aur.1506)

2014

Hollocks, M. J., Jones, C. R. G., Pickles, A., Baird, G., Happé, F., Charman, T. and Simonoff, E. (2014). The association between social cognition and executive functioning and symptoms of anxiety and depression in adolescents with autism spectrum disordersAutism Research, 7(2), 216-228. (10.1002/aur.1361)

Jones, C. C. R. and Jahanshahi, M. (2014). Motor and perceptual timing in Parkinson's Disease. In: Merchant, H. and De Lafuente, V. eds. Neurobiology of Interval Timing, Vol 829. Springer, pp. 265-290. (10.1007/978-1-4939-1782-2_14)

Jones, C. R. G. and Jahanshahi, M. (2014). Contributions of the basal ganglia to temporal processing: Evidence from Parkinson's DiseaseTiming & Time Perception, 2(1), 87-127. (10.1163/22134468-00002009)

2013

Claassen, D. O., Jones, C. R. G., Yu, M., Dirnberger, G., Malone, T., Parkinson, M., Giunti, P., Kubovy, M. and Jahanshahi, M. (2013). Deciphering the impact of cerebellar and basal ganglia dysfunction in accuracy and variability of motor timingNeuropsychologia, 51(2), 267-274. (10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2012.09.018)

Jones, C. R. G. (2013). Wisconsin card sorting test. In: Volkmar, F. ed. Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Dordrecht: Springer,

Ricketts, J., Jones, C. R. G., Happé, F. and Charman, T. (2013). Reading comprehension in autism spectrum disorders: the role of oral language and social functioningJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 43(4), 807-816. (10.1007/s10803-012-1619-4)

Simonoff, E., Jones, C. R. G., Baird, G., Pickles, A., Happé, F. and Charman, T. (2013). The persistence and stability of psychiatric problems in adolescents with autism spectrum disordersJournal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 54(2), 186-194. (10.1111/j.1469-7610.2012.02606.x)

2012

Megnin, O., Flitton, A., Jones, C. R. G., de Haan, M., Baldeweg, T. and Charman, T. (2012). Audiovisual speech integration in autism spectrum disorders: ERP evidence for atypicalities in lexical-semantic processingAutism Research, 5(1), 39-48. (10.1002/aur.231)

Simonoff, E., Jones, C. R. G., Pickles, A., Happe, F., Baird, G. and Charman, T. (2012). Severe mood problems in adolescents with autism spectrum disorderJournal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 53(11), 1157-1166. (10.1111/j.1469-7610.2012.02600.x)

2011

Charman, T., Jones, C. R. G., Pickles, A., Simonoff, E., Baird, G. and Happé, F. (2011). Defining the cognitive phenotype of autismBrain Research, 1380, 10-21. (10.1016/j.brainres.2010.10.075)

Jones, C. R. G., Happe´, F., Pickles, A., Marsden, A. J. S., Tregay, J., Baird, G., Simonoff, E. and Charman, T. (2011). 'Everyday memory' impairments in autism spectrum disordersJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 41(4), 455-464. (10.1007/s10803-010-1067-y)

Jones, C. R. G., Pickles, A., Falcaro, M., Marsden, A. J. S., Happé, F., Scott, S. K., Sauter, D., Tregay, J., Phillips, R. J., Baird, G., Simonoff, E. and Charman, T. (2011). A multimodal approach to emotion recognition ability in autism spectrum disordersJournal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 52(3), 275-285. (10.1111/j.1469-7610.2010.02328.x)

Jones, C. R. G. and Jahanshahi, M. (2011). Dopamine modulates striato-frontal functioning during temporal processingFrontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 5 (10.3389/fnint.2011.00070) pdf

Jones, C. R. G., Claassen, D. O., Yu, M., Spies, J. R., Malone, T., Dirnberger, G., Jahanshahi, M. and Kubovy, M. (2011). Modeling accuracy and variability of motor timing in treated and untreated Parkinson's disease and healthy controlsFrontiers in Integrative Neuroscience, 5 (10.3389/fnint.2011.00081) pdf

Jones, C. R. G., Swettenham, J., Charman, T., Marsden, A. J. S., Tregay, J., Baird, G., Simonoff, E. and Happé, F. (2011). No evidence for a fundamental visual motion processing deficit in adolescents with autism spectrum disordersAutism Research, 4(5), 347-357. (10.1002/aur.209)

2010

Jahanshahi, M., Jones, C. R. G., Zijlmans, J., Katzenschlager, R., Lee, L., Quinn, N., Frith, C. D. and Lees, A. J. (2010). Dopaminergic modulation of striato-frontal connectivity during motor timing in Parkinson's diseaseBrain, 133(3), 727-745. (10.1093/brain/awq012)

2009

Jones, C. R. G., Happé, F., Baird, G., Simonoff, E., Marsden, A. J. S., Tregay, J., Phillips, R. J., Goswami, U., Thomson, J. M. and Charman, T. (2009). Auditory discrimination and auditory sensory behaviours in autism spectrum disordersNeuropsychologia, 47(13), 2850-2858. (10.1016/j.neuropsychologia.2009.06.015)

Jones, C. R. G., Happe, F., Golden, H., Marsden, A. J. S., Tregay, J., Simonoff, E., Pickles, A., Baird, G. and Charman, T. (2009). Reading and arithmetic in adolescents with autism spectrum disorders: Peaks and dips in attainmentNeuropsychology, 23(6), 718-728. (10.1037/a0016360)

Jones, C. R. G. and Jahanshahi, M. (2009). The substantia nigra, the basal ganglia, dopamine and temporal processing. In: Di Giovanni, G., Di Matteo, V. and Esposito, E. eds. Birth, Life and Death of Dopaminergic Neurons in the Substantia Nigra. Vienna: Springer Verlag, pp. 161-171.

2008

Jahanshahi, M., Pieter, S., Alusi, S. H., Jones, C. R. G., Glickman, S., Stein, J., Aziz, T. and Bain, P. G. (2008). Effects on cognition of stereotactic lesional surgery for the treatment of tremor in multiple sclerosisBehavioural Neurology, 20(1-2), 1-9. (10.3233/BEN-2008-0207)

Jones, C. R. G., Malone, T. J. L., Dirnberger, G., Edwards, M. and Jahanshahi, M. (2008). Basal ganglia, dopamine and temporal processing: performance on three timing tasks on and off medication in Parkinson's diseaseBrain and Cognition, 68(1), 30-41. (10.1016/j.bandc.2008.02.121)

2006

Jahanshahi, M., Jones, C. R. G., Dirnberger, G. and Frith, C. D. (2006). The substantia nigra pars compacta and temporal processingJournal of Neuroscience, 26(47), 12266-12273. (10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2540-06.2006) pdf

2005

Charman, T., Jones, C. R. G. and Marsden, A. (2005). Identifying clinical subgroups and associations between cognition and behaviour: Challenges for the experimental neuropsychology of autismCahiers de Psychologie Cognitive/ Current Psychology of Cognition, 23(1-2), 94-103.

2004

Jones, C. R. G., Rosenkranz, K., Rothwell, J. C. and Jahanshahi, M. (2004). The right dorsolateral prefrontal cortex is essential in time reproduction: an investigation with repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulationExperimental Brain Research, 158(3), 366-372. (10.1007/s00221-004-1912-3)

Research topics and related papers

Autism spectrum disorder
I have a broad interest in perception and cognition in autism spectrum disorder (ASD), developed through my involvement in the Special Needs and Autism Project (SNAP) (Charman et al., 2011), a longitudinal investigation of the clinical and psychological profile of ASD. My research has encompassed many areas of cognition and perception, from emotion processing (Jones et al., 2011a) and ‘everyday’ memory (Jones et al., 2011b), through to basic visual and auditory processing (Jones et al., 2009a; Jones et al., 2011c), as well as academic attainment and reading comprehension (Jones et al., 2009b; Ricketts et al., 2013). I am currently using structural equation modelling to look more broadly at performance across different domains of cognition and to investigate how cognition relates to behavioural symptoms. I am also involved as a collaborator with the next stage of SNAP, re-visiting the adolescents in early adulthood.

Outside of my involvement in SNAP, my research into ASD focuses on relatively basic perceptual processes. I believe that establishing atypicalities (or preserved performance) at a basic perceptual level is an essential step in understanding how and why higher-level cognitive and behavioural difficulties manifest in ASD. My focus is particularly on sensory, temporal and emotion processing and uses a range of psychological and psychophysiological techniques.

Temporal processing
Time is a fundamental part of the human experience. A typical morning may involve judging you are taking too long in the shower, estimating your kettle has boiled, and tapping in time to music on the radio. These temporal processes encompass both perceptual and motor timing in the range of milliseconds and seconds. I investigate which parts of the brain act as an ‘internal clock’ and enable these precise calculations. With a particular focus on the basal ganglia, this has included both neuroimaging (Jahanshahi et al., 2006; Jahanshahi et al., 2010) and investigation of patients with Parkinson’s disease and cerebellar disease (Jones et al., 2008; Jones et al., 2011d; Claassen et al., 2013).

My work has more recently expanded to consider how psychological and physiological processes can distort the internal clock. Well-known phrases such as, ‘Time flies when you are having fun’ and, ‘A watched pot never boils’ are testament to our subjective sense that time can both speed up and slow down. These types of phenomena can be captured experimentally, for example by comparing temporal judgements of emotional and non-emotional stimuli.

Research collaborators

Temporal processing:
Marjan Jahanshahi (UCL Institute of Neurology, UK), Daniel Claassen (Vanderbilt University, USA), Giacomo Koch (University of Rome Tor Vergata, Italy), Kielan Yarrow (City University London, UK)

Autism spectrum disorder:

Wales Autism Research Centre
Special Needs and Autism Project: Tony Charman, Francesca Happé, Andrew Pickles, Emily Simonoff (Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK), Gillian Baird (Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust)

Other: Sebastian Gaigg, Anna Lambrechts (City University London, UK), Debi Roberson, Tom Foulsham (University of Essex, UK)

Postgraduate research interests

I am happy to discuss projects in the area of autism spectrum disorder and/or temporal processing.

If you are interested in applying for a PhD, or for further information regarding my postgraduate research, please contact me directly (contact details available on the 'Overview' page), or submit a formal application here.

Current students

Sarah Thompson (starting October 2013) Sarah will be using eye tracking to investigate face processing in autism spectrum disorder.

Lydia Whitaker Lydia is based at the University of Essex and has been investigating aspects of face identity and face emotion processing in autism spectrum disorder

Undergraduate education

1997:  BSc Psychology , University College London (First Class Honours)

Postgraduate education

2005: PhD Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL Institute of Neurology

My PhD focussed on the neural correlates of temporal processing, testing patient populations (Parkinson’s disease and cerebellar disease) and using neuroimaging and transcranial magnetic stimulation to better understand motor and perceptual timing in the milliseconds and seconds-range. 

Employment

I was employed as a research assistant in the MRC Human Movement and Balance Unit, UCL Institute of Neurology on a project investigating temporal processing with Professor Marjan Jahanshahi. This led to a PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience in the Sobell Department of Motor Neuroscience and Movement Disorders, supervised by Professor Jahanshahi and Professor John Rothwell.

Following my PhD I took a post-doctoral position with my former undergraduate supervisor, Professor Tony Charman, at the UCL Institute of Child Health.  I was employed to run a 3-year MRC funded project (Special Needs and Autism Project; SNAP) investigating the cognitive phenotype in autism spectrum disorder (ASD). This was the largest investigation of its kind in the UK, testing 100 adolescents with ASD on over 50 measures of cognition and perception. My position was extended for a further 3 years and I moved with Professor Charman to the Institute of Education, where he founded the Centre for Research in Autism and Education.

In 2011 I began my first lectureship position at the Department of Psychology, University of Essex, where I continued my research in both temporal processing and ASD. In May 2013 I moved to the School of Psychology, Cardiff University as a lecturer, where I work closely with the Wales Autism Research Centre (WARC) then in 2015 I was promoted to Senior Lecturer.