Professor Elizabeth Milne

School of Psychology

Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience

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Professor Elizabeth Milne
School of Psychology
Cathedral Court
1 Vicar Lane
S1 2LT

Professor Milne joined the University of Sheffield as a post-doctoral Fellow in 2004. She took on a lectureship in 2005 and became Head of the Psychology Department in 2020.

  • BA Experimental Psychology (Oxford)
  • PhD Psychology (UCL)
Research interests

I am interested in how perception and attention are altered in individuals who are neurodiverse. My work on this topic is broad and varied and ranges from EEG studies that investigate neural dynamics associated with neurodivergence to qualitative studies that shed light on lived experiences associated with neurodivergence.

Working in this area over the last twenty years has introduced me to some incredible people who have shared their ideas and insights and opened up new research avenues. Invariably this has involved work in mental health and some of my more recent work – led primarily by fantastic research students - addresses societal issues in neurodivergence such as loneliness, wellbeing, self-compassion and criticism.

I'm currently enjoying working as a mentor to Dr Dan Poole who has an ESRC New Investigator Award to study distraction in autism, and with collaborators in UCL, Oxford and Surrey as a co-investigator of an ESRC-funded study to investigate perceptual capacity in autism.


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Conference proceedings papers

  • Zaitcev A, Cook G, Liu W, Paley M & Milne E (2015) Feature extraction for BCIs based on electromagnetic source localization and multiclass Filter Bank Common Spatial Patterns. 37th Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society (EMBC), 2015, Vol. 2015-November (pp 1773-1776), 25 August 2015 - 29 August 2015. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Zaitcev A, Cook G, Liu W, Paley M & Milne E (2015) Feature extraction for BCIs based on electromagnetic source localization and Common Spatial Patterns. 2015 9th European Conference on Antennas and Propagation, EuCAP 2015 RIS download Bibtex download
  • Dunn S, Freeth M & Milne E (2015) ERP evidence of reduced spatial selectivity in those with high levels of self-reported autistic traits. PERCEPTION, Vol. 44 (pp 294-295) RIS download Bibtex download
  • Zaitcev A, Cook G, Liu W, Paley M & Milne E (2014) Application of compressive sensing for EEG source localization in Brain Computer Interfaces. 2014 Loughborough Antennas and Propagation Conference (LAPC), 10 November 2014 - 11 November 2014. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Milne E, Buckley D, Wilson R & Pascalis O (2006) Abnormal N1/PA responses in children with autism elicited by both low and high spatial frequency gratings. J PSYCHOPHYSIOL, Vol. 20(4) (pp 328-328) RIS download Bibtex download



Research group

Neuroscience and Cognition

Current PhD students

  • Abigail Dickinson
  • Ben Dornan
  • Stephanie Dunn
  • Jen Gallagher (DClin Psy)
  • Holly Johnson (DClin Psy)
  • Luisa Rosas
  • Saima Eman (secondary supervisor)
  • Aleksandr Zaitcev (secondary supervisor)

Previous PhD students

  • Tom Bullock
  • Hwan-Cui Koh
  • Natalie Taylor (DClin Psy)
  • Abeer Aljuhanay (secondary supervisor)
  • BBSRC research grant “Understanding neural excitation and inhibition: implications for the interpretation of extracellular field potentials and neurovascular coupling” Y. Zheng, M. Jones, E. Milne, D. Coca, S.A. Billings & P. Redgrave (2013 – 2016).
  • World University Network grant to support a sabbatical visit to the Swartz Center for Computational Neuroscience (2007)
  • ESRC research grant "Measuring the visual field in children with autistic spectrum disorder" E.Milne, D. Buckley and H. Griffiths
  • ESRC research grant "The perception of Biological Motion in Autism" J. Swettenham, E. Milne and R. Campbell (2005)
  • Bial Foundation research grant "A combined psychophysical and electrophysiological approach to investigate low-level visual perception in autism" O. Pascalis, E. Milne and D. Buckley (2004)
Teaching activities

I currently teach cognitive neuroscience at level 3 (PSY323).

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