Professor Uta Frith FBA

Developmental cognitive neuroscience

Elected 2001

Fellow type
UK Fellow
Year elected

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

University College London Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Development

Past appointments

Aarhus University Research Foundation Professor

2007 - 2016

University College London Professor of Cognitive Development

1996 - 2006

Medical Research Council Research Scientist

1968 - 2006

Top picks

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

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.

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.

Great Thinkers: Uta Frith FBA on M.R. James FBA

6 May 2019 Professor Uta Frith FBA

Psychologist Uta Frith FBA recounts fond memories of growing up with the ghost tales of M.R. James FBA and explores why we love to be scared.

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