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Research interests

Professor Brosnan was awarded a personal Chair in November 2016 and he is Director of the Centre for Applied Autism Research (CAAR). He is a Chartered Psychologist with the British Psychological Society (BPS) and a member of the Cognitive Psychology Section and the Division of Neuropsychology.

Professor Brosnan's research focusses upon supporting reasoning and learning. A particular focus is developing digital technologies to support children with a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) and their families. The Developing and Delivering Digital Interventions (3DBI) project is funded by the Leverhulme Trust (2014-2018; with Drs Johnson, Constantin and Smith). This project involves both children with ASD and their parents in the design of iPad-based support for Social Stories to reduce behaviours that are perceived to be challenging. Professor. Brosnan has worked with an interdisciplinary team (Drs Johnson, Ashwin, Benton, Grawemeyer) who developed protocols for participatory design, to enable children with ASD to actively participate within the design of technology (termed ‘participatory design’). This has informed a series of design principles that have guided the development of a mathematics tutor – designed by people with ASD for people with ASD. This research was top-rated at the EPSRC panel that funded the project. [More details »].

The principles of participatory design have been extended to a new IOS and Android app ‘ASC me I.T.’, which enables the autistic community to contribute to the very first stages of the design process (EPSRC/IAA funded). It simply asks the question ‘If there was one new technology to help people with autism, what would it be?’ Professor Brosnan is also a member of the ESRC-funded Digitals Bubbles seminar series which focuses on why and how technologies are being developed, applied and evaluated for people with autism, (2014-2016, with Drs. Parsons, Yuill and Good). Providing support for the autistic community to select the most appropriate technology to meet their needs is the basis of a European SMART-ASD project funded by ERASMUS+ (2015-2017).

In addition, Professor Brosnan’s theoretical work focusses upon exploring application of the proposed dichotomy between rapid, automatic cognitive processing and slower, effortful cognitive processing to ASD and other disorders. Finally Professor Brosnan runs the annual Bath Autism Summer School (with Drs Ashwin and Russell), which provides a 3 day, residential taster session, for potential students with ASD who are contemplating going to university.

Research interests

  • Participatory design with children with ASD
  • Developing technology to support learning in ASD
  • Reasoning in ASD and other disorders

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Willing to supervise PhD

Professor Brosnan is happy to supervise Masters (MRes) and Doctoral (PhD) students on projects within his research interests.

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Projects 2009 2019

Social Stories and ASD

Brosnan, M.

3/11/1431/01/19

Project: UK charity

SMART-ASD

Brosnan, M.

30/09/1529/09/17

Project: EU Commission

autism
stakeholder
interaction
social relations
learning disorder

Research Output 1994 2018

Autism Spectrum Disorder and the transition to university from the student perspective

Lambe, S., Russell, A., Butler, C., Fletcher, S. & Brosnan, M., 14 Aug 2018, (Accepted/In press) In : Autism.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Students
Autistic Disorder
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Anxiety
Eating

Incongruence between observers’ and observed facial muscle activation reduces recognition of emotional facial expressions from video stimuli

Wingenbach, T., Brosnan, M., Pfaltz, M., Plichta, M. & Ashwin, C., 6 Jun 2018, In : Frontiers in Psychology. 9, 00864.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
Facial Muscles
Facial Expression
Emotions
Bovine Immunodeficiency Virus
Recognition (Psychology)

Reasoning on the Autism Spectrum

Brosnan, M. & Ashwin, C., 2018, Encyclopedia of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Springer, p. 1-7 7 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter

2 Citations

Sex differences in facial emotion recognition across varying expression intensity levels from videos

Wingenbach, T. S. H., Ashwin, C. & Brosnan, M., 2 Jan 2018, In : PLoS ONE. 13, 1, e0190634.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

Open Access
emotions
gender differences
Sex Characteristics
Emotions
Facial Expression