I am interested in imagination in autism spectrum disorders (ASD) and its possible relationship to other aspects of ASD such as repetitive behaviour and anxiety.
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My MSc examined the differences between measures of restricted and repetitive behaviours (RRB) in autism spectrum disorders (ASD), as well as their relationship to imagination and sensory symptoms. High levels of RRB in ASD may be a result of underlying difficulties with imagination, but this has not yet been thoroughly researched. I will be continuing this work in my PhD by developing tasks to assess aspects of imagination such as thinking about the future. I will also be looking at the relationship between imagination, RRB and anxiety in ASD. Imagination has a theoretical relationship to anxiety; however this has not been explored in typical development or in developmental disorders. RRB has been shown to be related to anxiety so I will also explore the possibility of a three-way relationship.
Economic & Social Research Council, School of Psychology
2008-2011: BA (Hons) Experimental Psychology, Somerville College, University of Oxford
2013-2016: PhD Psychology, Cardiff University
2012-2013: MSc Social Science Research Methods (Psychology Pathway), Cardiff University
2013-2014: Year 1 & 2 Practical Tutor, Cardiff University
2012-2013: Note Taker, Cardiff Metropolitan University Disability Service
2011-2012: Teaching Assistant (Autistic Spectrum Conditions Base), Cathays High School