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A research group of the Department of Psychology.
Durham University Developmental Science Research Group is a thriving research centre comprising Academic Staff as well as PhD students, Research Assistants, Research Fellows and Teaching Fellows. Our work is published in leading peer-reviewed academic journals and featured in the international press.
Our research ranges from the basic to the applied, and from infancy to adolescence. Projects include foetal development; sensory and spatial skills; visual attention in the classroom; and decision-making in adolescence. We study both typical development and atypical development (e.g. Autism Spectrum Disorder, Williams syndrome). We use cutting-edge new technologies including Virtual Reality, motion capture, eye-tracking and 4D ultrasound scanning as well as traditional measures of behaviour and cognition.
Through our MSc programmes we have a large cohort of students who study aspects of Developmental Psychology , Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, and Developmental Psychopathology.
We conduct our research here in our child-friendly laboratories, as well as in local schools. We are looking for volunteer families to take part in our studies – this can be a fun trip taking as little as 30 minutes of your time. Studies are always presented as fun games for children. You can find out more about our current research projects and volunteer to take part. See also the links on the left of this page.
- Dr John Adams
- Dr Zanna Clay
- Dr Dorothy Cowie
- Dr Mary Hanley
- Dr Marko Nardini
- Dr Nadja Reissland
- Professor Deborah Riby
Publications by staff in this group
- Fletcher, F. E., Foster-Owens, M., Conduit, R., Rinehart, N. J., Riby, D. M. & Cornish, K. M. (2017). The development trajectory of parent-report and objective sleep profiles in autism spectrum disorder: Associations with anxiety and bedtime routines. Autism 21(4): 493-503.
- Watts, S. J., Rodgers, J. & Riby, D. M. (2016). A systematic review of the evidence for hyporesponsivity in ASD. Review Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 3(4): 285-301.
- Lough, E., Rodgers, J., Janes, E., Little, K. & Riby, D. M. (2016). Parent insights into atypicalities of social approach behaviour in Williams syndrome. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research 60(11): 1097-1108.
- Lough, E., Hanley, M., Rodgers, J., South, M., Kirk, H., Kennedy, D. & Riby, D. M. (2015). Violations of Personal Space in Young People with Autism Spectrum Disorders and Williams Syndrome: Insights from the Social Responsiveness Scale. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders
- Hanley, M., Riby, D.M., Carty, C., Melaugh McAteer, A., Kennedy, A. & McPhillips, M. (2015). The use of eye-tracking to explore social difficulties in cognitively able students with autism spectrum disorder: A pilot investigation. Autism 19(7): 868-873.
- Cowie, Dorothy, Makin, Tamar R. & Bremner, Andrew J. (2013). Children’s Responses to the Rubber-Hand Illusion Reveal Dissociable Pathways in Body Representation. Psychological Science 24(5): 762-769.
- Riby, D M, Hancock, P J B, Jones, N & Hanley, M (2013). Spontaneous and cued gaze-following in autism and Williams syndrome. Journal of Neurodevelopmental Disorders 5(1): 13.
- Riby, D M, Doherty-Sneddon, G & Whittle, L (2012). Face-to-Face Interference in Typical and Atypical Development. Developmental Science 15(2): 281-291.
- Doherty-Sneddon, G, Riby, D M & Whittle, L (2012). Gaze aversion as a cognitive load management strategy in autism spectrum disorder and Williams syndrome. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry 53(4): 420-430.
- Cowie, D. , Braddick, O. & Atkinson, J. (2012). Visually guided step descent in children with Williams Syndrome. Developmental Science 15(1): 74-86.
- Riby, D M, Brown, P H, Jones, N & Hanley, M (2012). Faces cause less distraction in Autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 42(4): 634-639.
- Cowie, Dorothy, Atkinson, Janette & Braddick, Oliver (2010). Development of visual control in stepping down. Experimental Brain Research 202(1): 181-188.
- Riby, D M & Hancock, P J B (2009). Do faces capture the attention of individuals with Williams syndrome or Autism? Evidence from tracking eye movements. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders 39(3): 421-431.
- Riby, D M & Hancock, P J B (2008). Viewing it differently: Social scene perception in Williams syndrome and Autism. Neuropsychologia 46(11): 2855-2860.