Professor Elizabeth Milne

Dr Elizabeth Milne

Department of Psychology,
The University of Sheffield,
Floor G, Cathedral Court,
1 Vicar Lane, Sheffield, 
S1 2LT, UK

Tel: (+44) 0114 222 6558
Fax: (+44) 0114 276 6515


BA Experimental Psychology (Oxford), PhD Psychology (UCL)

Research Interests

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

Journal articles