Professor Elizabeth Milne
BA Experimental Psychology (Oxford), PhD Psychology (UCL)
Individuals with autism spectrum disorders (ASD) perceive the world differently to individuals without ASD and a range of evidence indicates that ASD is associated with atypical perceptual processes. My primary research goal is to understand the nature of perception in ASD. Much of my current research work uses the technique of
EEG. Further detail of my research work is given on the Sheffield Autism Research Lab (ShARL) web-page. Underlying this work on autism is a general interest in understanding human attention and perception, and a motivation to gain insight into these processes by developing a greater understanding of the neural signals that are generated during perception.
See the Sheffield Cognitive Development Research Page
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 and administrative duties
I am the module organiser for PSY101 (Discovering Psychology) and PSY323 (Cognitive Neuroscience). I am undergraduate admissions tutor – with a responsibility for mature student applications, post-graduate tutor, and disability liaison officer. Within the Psychology department I am a member of the Research committee, the Post-graduate Affairs Committee and the Research Ethics sub-committee. Within the Faculty of Science I am a member of the Equality and Diversity committee. I am the director of the Sheffield Autism Research Lab.
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)
A list of key publications can be found below. For a full list of publications please click here
- Dickinson A, Bruyns-Haylett M, Smith R, Jones M & Milne E (2016) Superior orientation discrimination and increased peak gamma frequency in autism spectrum conditions.. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 125(3), 412-422. View this article in WRRO
- Dickinson A, Bruyns‐Haylett M, Jones M & Milne E (2015) Increased peak gamma frequency in individuals with higher levels of autistic traits. European Journal of Neuroscience, 41(8), 1095-1101. View this article in WRRO
- Peiker I, Schneider TR, Milne E, Schöttle D, Vogeley K, Münchau A, Schunke O, Siegel M, Engel AK & David N (2015) Stronger Neural Modulation by Visual Motion Intensity in Autism Spectrum Disorders. PLoS ONE, 10(7), e0132531. View this article in WRRO
- David N, Engel AK, Schultz J, Milne E, Schunke O, Münchau A, Schöttle D, Siegel M & Vogeley K (2013) Right Temporoparietal Gray Matter Predicts Accuracy of Social Perception in the Autism Spectrum. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 1-14.
- Milne E, Dunn SA, Freeth M & Rosas-Martinez L (2013) Visual search performance is predicted by the degree to which selective attention to features modulates the ERP between 350 and 600ms.. Neuropsychologia, 51(6), 1109-1118.
- Milne E, Scope A, Griffiths H, Codina C & Buckley D (2013) Brief report: preliminary evidence of reduced sensitivity in the peripheral visual field of adolescents with autistic spectrum disorder.. J Autism Dev Disord, 43(8), 1976-1982.
- Koh HC & Milne E (2012) Evidence for a cultural influence on field-independence in autism spectrum disorder.. J Autism Dev Disord, 42(2), 181-190.
- Milne E (2011) Increased intra-participant variability in children with autistic spectrum disorders: evidence from single-trial analysis of evoked EEG. Frontiers in Psychology, 2. View this article in WRRO
- Koh HC, Milne E & Dobkins K (2010) Spatial contrast sensitivity in adolescents with autism spectrum disorders.. J Autism Dev Disord, 40(8), 978-987. View this article in WRRO
- Milne E, Griffiths H, Buckley D & Scope A (2009) Vision in children and adolescents with autistic spectrum disorder: evidence for reduced convergence.. J Autism Dev Disord, 39(7), 965-975.
- Smith H & Milne E (2009) Reduced change blindness suggests enhanced attention to detail in individuals with autism.. J Child Psychol Psychiatry, 50(3), 300-306.
- Milne E, Scope A, Pascalis O, Buckley D & Makeig S (2009) Independent component analysis reveals atypical electroencephalographic activity during visual perception in individuals with autism.. Biol Psychiatry, 65(1), 22-30.
- Milne E & Szczerbinski M (2009) Global and local perceptual style, field-independence, and central coherence: An attempt at concept validation.. Adv Cogn Psychol, 5, 1-26. View this article in WRRO
- Milne E, Swettenham J, Hansen P, Campbell R, Jeffries H & Plaisted K (2002) High motion coherence thresholds in children with autism.. J Child Psychol Psychiatry, 43(2), 255-263.