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UK Fellow, Psychology, elected in 2001

Professor Uta Frith FBA

Developmental cognitive neuroscience
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About this Fellow

Autism and dyslexia have been Professor Frith's main research interests over the last 50 years. She has attempted to identify the core problems of these neuro-developmental disorders at the cognitive level and made connections from cognitive mechanisms to underlying brain systems and studied their function and dysfunction. She has also made connections from cognitive mechanisms to behavioural phenomena and shown that they change as a result of compensatory learning. Currently she is thinking and writing about cognitive mechanisms that underlie our everyday social interactions, and in particular the automatic ability to take into account others' mental states. Professor Frith now spends more time on science communication and on the promotion of women in science. She is pursuing this through sponsoring women in informal networks, using social media, including her Twitter account @utafrith, and contributing to documentaries. She is a member of the British Academy Communications and Engagements Committee.




Current post

  • Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Development, University College London

Past Appointments

  • Research Foundation Professor , Aarhus University, 2007 - 2016
  • Professor of Cognitive Development, University College London, 1996 - 2006
  • Research Scientist, Medical Research Council, 1968 - 2006

Top picks

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Make up your mind(s)!

A pair of cognitive scientists, married for half a century, explain why two argumentative heads can be better than one 21 Nov 2018
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People of Science: Alice Lee

Uta Frith discusses Alice Lee, whose work in craniology challenged the idea that women were intellectually inferior because they have smaller brain sizes. 12 Feb 2018
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Talking about autism research

Uta Frith talks about the history and the future of autism, and discusses the strengths and challenges that seeing the world differently can bring. 03 May 2017


Autism and Talent

Edited by Uta Frith, Francesca Happé, 2010

Cognitive processes in spelling

Uta Frith, 1980

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