26th Nov 2014 4:30pm-6:00pm
E513, Checkland Building, Falmer Campus.
Research Lecture Series in Linguistics, Language and Discourse.
School of Humanities, College of Arts and Humanities.
Lecture by Professor Pamela Heaton of Goldsmiths, University of London.
Whilst enhanced perception has been widely reported in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), relatively little is known about the developmental trajectory and impact of atypical auditory processing on speech perception in individuals with this disorder. Results from case and groups studies of music and speech perception will be presented and discussed in the context of domain specific processing of sound in ASD and typical development.
Professor Heaton's primary research interest is in developmental disorders, especially autism. Since completing her PhD on musical cognition in autism in 1999, she has been a principal researcher or research group leader on EU and ESRC grant applications investigating remediation of sensory abnormalities, pitch and colour discrimination and memory, and colour categorisation in autism.
Before studying psychology she trained as a classical singer and retains a strong interest in the cognitive neuropsychology of music. In particular she is interested in how musical information processing distinguishes atypical and typically developing children and adolescents. Her current interests mainly focus on investigating the relationship between speech and music perception in autism, SLI, Down syndrome and typical development.