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The Hermelin Lecture: Professor Francesca Happé

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Ian Gulland Lecture Theatre

Goldsmiths, University of London

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The Hermelin Lecture has been established to honour the life and work of Professor Beate Hermelin, an Honorary Professor in Goldsmiths Psychology Department. Professor Hermelin was a pioneer in the experimental study of autism and was regarded by Sir Michael Rutter as “one of the most brilliantly innovative experimental psychologists of the day, as well as one of the most engaging individuals”.

6-7.30: Lecture

7.30-9: Drinks reception

This year's Hermelin lecture will be given by Professor Francesca Happé of the Institute of Psychiatry, King's College London.

"Talent in autism: The beautiful otherness of the autistic mind"

In this lecture, Professor Francesca Happé will reflect on her thirty-year journey researching special abilities in autism, in the spirit of Professor Hermelin’s pioneering work in the field.

Francesca Happé is Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience and Director of the Social, Genetic & Developmental Psychiatry Centre at the Institute of Psychiatry, Psychology & Neuroscience, King’s College London. Her research focuses on autism spectrum conditions. She has explored the nature of social understanding in neurotypical development and ‘mentalising’ difficulties in autism. She is also actively engaged in studies of abilities and assets in autism, and their relation to detail-focused cognitive style. Some of her recent work focuses on mental health on the autism spectrum, and under-researched subgroups including women and the elderly. Her research spans cognitive experiments, functional neuroimaging, exploration of acquired brain lesions, and behaviour genetic methods. She was recently ranked in the top 10 most productive and highly cited authors in autism research worldwide (Sweileh, et al., 2016). She is a Fellow of the British Academy and the Academy of Medical Sciences, past-President of the International Society for Autism Research (INSAR; 2013-2015), and has received the British Psychological Society Spearman Medal, the Experimental Psychology Society Prize and the Royal Society Rosalind Franklin Award.

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