Specifying cognitive processes in autism that underlie difficulties navigating the social world.
Dr. Noah Sasson studies how social cognitive differences in individuals with Autism Spectrum Disorder contribute to their social difficulties. He currently is pursuing a large-scale project comparing social cognitive profiles between autism and schizophrenia, and how they relate to general cognition, social behavior, and social functioning. Dr. Sasson’s other work within autism research involves face processing, non-social motivation (i.e., circumscribed interests), eye-tracking, and studies of the Broad Autism Phenotype. Dr. Sasson earned his bachelor’s degree at Franklin and Marshall College and his PhD at the University of North Carolina.
Recent Articles in Peer-Refereed Journals
Sasson, N. J. †, Faso, D. J., Nugent, J., Lovell, S., Kennedy, D. P. †, & Grossman, R. B. † (2017). Neurotypical peers are less willing to interact with those with autism based on thin slice judgments. Scientific Reports, 7:40700. doi:10.1038/srep40700. †Co-first authors.
Morrison, K. E., Pinkham, A. E., Penn, D. L., Kelsven, S., Ludwig, K., & Sasson, N. J. (in press). Distinct profiles of social skill in adults with autism spectrum disorder and schizophrenia. Autism Research.
Sasson, N. J., Shasteen, J. R., & Pinkham, A. E. (2016). Reduced prioritization of facial threat in adults with autism. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 46, 1471 - 1476.
Sasson, N. J., Pinkham, A. E., Weittenhiller, L. P., Faso, D. J., & Simpson, C. (2016). Context effects on facial affect recognition in schizophrenia and autism: behavioral and eye-tracking evidence. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 42, 675 - 683.