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Dr Elisa Back

Senior Lecturer

About

I obtained my PhD in Psychology from the University of Nottingham in 2006. My thesis was about inferring mental states from facial expressions in typically developing individuals and individuals with autism.  In 2007, I was awarded with the Neil O'Connor prize by the British Psychology Developmental section for my research with developmental disorders. My postdoctoral research was related to Theory of Mind and I carried this out at the University of Birmingham in 2006-2008.

I joined the department of Psychology at Kingston University in 2008. My research area is social-cognitive development in typical and atypical populations across the life-span. My current research focuses on how individuals with autism perceive and interpret the world and the impact this has on daily life using a range of methodologies including response times and eye movements. 

Areas of specialism

  • Theory of Mind
  • Face processing
  • Autism
  • Developmental disorders

Courses taught

Undergraduate

Postgraduate

Qualifications

  • 2002 BSc (Hons) Psychology (First Class), Staffordshire University
  • 2006 PhD Psychology, University of Nottingham

Research

PhD supervision

Hayley Hunt       Interpreting emotions from complex scenes in autism

Rashma Hirani   Micro-facial expressions

Please contact me if you are interested in applying for a PhD in the areas of autism, face processing, theory of mind, social cognition development

Funding

Britsh Academy 2011-2012: Visual perspective-taking in adolescents with autism spectrum disorder

EPS Grindley travel grant 2005: Society for Research in Child Development conference

BPS travel grant 2005: Developmental section conference

University of Nottingham 2002: 3 year PhD studentship

Publications

Number of items: 19.

Article

Back, Elisa and Jordan, Timothy R (2014) Revealing variations in perception of mental states from dynamic facial expressions: a cautionary note. PloS one, 9(1), e84395. ISSN (online) 1932-6203

Hanley, Mary, Riby, Deborah M., Caswell, Stephen, Rooney, Sinead and Back, Elisa (2013) Looking and thinking: how individuals with Williams syndrome make judgements about mental states. Research in Developmental Disabilities, 34(12), pp. 4466-4476. ISSN (print) 0891-4222

Riby, Deborah M. and Back, Elisa (2010) Can individuals with Williams syndrome interpret mental states from moving faces? Neuropsychologia, 48(7), pp. 1914-1922. ISSN (print) 0028-3932

Back, Elisa and Apperly, Ian A (2010) Two sources of evidence on the non-automaticity of true and false belief ascription. Cognition, 115(1), pp. 54-70. ISSN (print) 0010-0277

Back, Elisa, Jordan, Timothy R. and Thomas, Sharon M. (2009) The recognition of mental states from dynamic and static facial expressions. Visual Cognition, 17(8), pp. 1271-1286. ISSN (print) 1350-6285

Apperly, Ian A., Back, Elisa, Samson, Dana and France, Lisa (2008) The cost of thinking about false beliefs: Evidence from adults' performance on a non-inferential theory of mind task. Cognition, 106(3), pp. 1093-1108. ISSN (print) 0010-0277

Back, Elisa, Ropar, Danielle and Mitchell, Peter (2007) Do the eyes have it? Inferring mental states from animated faces in autism. Child Development, 78(2), pp. 397-411. ISSN (print) 0009-3920

Conference or Workshop Item

Back, Elisa, Ramdhonee, Karishma and Apperly, Ian (2011) Can adolescents with autism rapidly infer mental states from faces? In: International Meeting for Autism Research; 12 - 14 May 2011, San Diego, California, U.S.. (Unpublished)

Back, E., Hunt, H. and Lindell, A. (2010) The perception and pose of emotional expressions in adolescents with autism. In: International Meeting for Autism Research; 20 - 22 May 2010, Philadelphia, Pennsylvannia, U.S.. (Unpublished)

Back, Elisa and Apperly, Ian (2008) Are true beliefs ascribed by default? In: Theory of Mind workshop: Celebrating 30 years; 11-12 Sep 2008, Nottingham, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Back, E., Brown, S. and Beecham, E. (2008) Can children with autism respond appropriately to mental states from dynamic faces? In: International Meeting for Autism Research; 15-17 May 2008, London, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Back, E. and Apperly, I. (2007) Are true beliefs ascribed by default? In: BPS Developmental Section Conference; 29-31 Aug 2007, Plymouth, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Back, Elisa (2007) Do the eyes have it? Attributing mental states to dynamic facial expressions in children and adolescents with autism. In: BPS Developmental Section Conference; 29-31 Aug 2007, Plymouth, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Back, E., Mitchell, P. and Ropar, D. (2007) Do the eyes have it? Inferring mental states from animated facial expressions in children and adolescents with autism. In: Autism Research UK : from diagnosis to intervention; 11-12 May 2007, Milton Keynes, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Back, Elisa, Mitchell, Peter and Ropar, Danielle (2007) Do the eyes have it? Inferring mental states from animated facial expressions in children and adolescents with autism. In: 64th Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development; 29 Mar - 01 Apr 2007, Boston, Massachusetts. (Unpublished)

Back, Elisa, Mitchell, P. and Ropar, D. (2005) Attributing mental states to animated faces in individuals with austic spectrum disorders. In: Scottish Autism Research Group, ESRC Seminar Series; 9 Sep 2005, Glasgow, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Back, E., Mitchell, P. and Ropar, D. (2005) The influence of facial motion on the recognition of mental states in children with autism. In: BPS Developmental Section Conference; 05 - 08 Sep 2005, Edinburgh, U.K.. (Unpublished)

Back, Elisa, Mitchell, Peter and Ropar, Danielle (2005) The role of dynamic and static information in the recognition of complex mental states from facial expressions. In: Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting; 7-10 Apr 2005, Atlanta, Georgia. (Unpublished)

Back, E., Mitchell, P. and Ropar, D. (2004) The recognition of complex mental states from static and dynamic facial expressions. In: BPS Developmental Section Conference; 2-5 Sep 2004, Leeds, U.K.. (Unpublished)

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