Catherine Manning

Catherine Manning

Supernumerary Fellow in Autism and Related Disorders; Sir Henry Wellcome Postdoctoral Fellow

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I have taught Prelims and Part 1 modules on Perception and Developmental Psychology, and supervise undergraduate research projects and library dissertations. I have also given tutorials on Psychology to medics, as well as supervising FHS extended essays and co-supervising MSc students.


I am interested in how children with and without autism perceive and make sense of the world around them, and the impact that this has on their day-to-day lives.

My current research aims to understand better how autistic children process sensory information, with a particular emphasis on the mechanisms underlying atypical perception. I am using a combination of psychophysics, electroencephalography (EEG) and computational modelling to achieve this aim. I hope that my research will lead to a better understanding of the sensory symptoms experienced by individuals with autism, which may eventually help to develop education and intervention programmes.

Selected Publications

Manning, C., Morgan, M. J., Allen, C. T. W. & Pellicano, E. (2017). Susceptibility to Ebbinghaus and Müller-Lyer illusions in autistic children: a comparison of three different methods. Molecular Autism, 8(16).

Manning, C., Tibber, M. S., & Dakin, S. C. (2017). Visual integration of direction and orientation information in autistic children. Autism & Developmental Language Impairments, 2.

Manning, C., Kilner, J., Neil, L., Karaminis, T. & Pellicano, E. (2016). Children on the autism spectrum update their behaviour in response to a volatile environment. Developmental Science, e12435.

Manning, C., Tibber, M. S., Charman, T., Dakin, S. C., & Pellicano, E. (2015). Enhanced integration of motion information in children with autism. The Journal of Neuroscience, 35, 6979-6986.

Manning, C. Neil, L., Karaminis, T. & Pellicano, E. (2015). The effects of grouping on speed discrimination thresholds in adults, typically developing children and children with autism. Journal of Vision, 15.

Manning, C., Charman, T. & Pellicano, E. (2015). Brief report: Coherent motion processing in autism: Is dot lifetime an important parameter? Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 45, 2252-2258.

Manning, C. & Baker, D. H. (2015). Response to Davis and Plaisted-Grant: psychophysical data do not support the low-noise account of autism. Autism, 19, 365-366.

Manning, C., Dakin, S. C., Tibber, M. S. & Pellicano, E. (2014). Averaging, not internal noise, limits the development of coherent motion processing. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 10, 44-56.

Manning, C., Charman, T. & Pellicano, E. (2013). Processing slow and fast motion in children with autism spectrum conditions. Autism Research, 6, 531-541.

Manning, C., Aagten-Murphy, D. & Pellicano, E. (2012). The development of speed discrimination abilities. Vision Research, 70, 27-33.

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