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Dr Antonia Hamilton

Antonia Hamilton

Dr Hamilton is a Reader in Social Neuroscience and leader of the Social Neuroscience group at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience (UCL). She completed a PhD on the impact of neuronal noise for the optimal control of human arm movements (UCL), and postdoctoral work on imitation in autism and brain systems for action understanding. She was a lecturer at the University of Nottingham until 2013, and was awarded the Experimental Psychology Society prize lectureship for 2013. Her current research interests include how and why people imitate each other, how social skills differ in autism, and the neural mechanisms of social interaction.

Lab members

Harry Harmer is a postdoc studying brain mechanisms of mimicry

Alexandra Georgescu is a postdoc studying mimimcry

Indu Dubey is a postdoc working on social motivation in autism

Jo Hale is a PhD student studying mimicry and rapport across cultures

Paul Forbes is a PhD student studying imitation in people with autism spectrum condition

Sujatha Krishnan-Barman is a PhD student studying overimitation

Dominic Oliver is a research assistant studying fNIRS


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Lab bbq, summer of 2016

hamilton lab 2012 Lab dinner, summer of 2012

hamilton lab 2009 Lab dinner, winter of 2009


Sylvia Xueni Pan is lecturer in computer science at Goldsmiths

Lauren Marsh completed her PhD on how typical and autistic individuals understand rational and irrational actions. She is now a postdoc at Surrey

Amy Pearson completed her PhD on how typical and autistic individuals represent and understand the human hand and body from different viewpoints. She is now a teaching fellow at Durham.

Lorcan Kenny worked as a research assistant for a study of the development of motor and social skills in school children. He is now based at the Institute of Education.

Bruce Yin Wang completed a PhD and postdoc in the lab, studying how and why people mimic actions. He is now a postdoc at NYU.

Richard Ramsey joined the lab in 2007 as a post-doctoral research fellow working on action understanding in the human brain. He is now a lecturer at Bangor University. Personal website

Emily Cross joined the lab as a visiting post-doc. She is now a lecturer at Bangor University.Personal website

Mirko Uljarevic spent some time here as an MSc student and is now a PhD student in Cardiff

Imogen BoSmith worked as a research assistant and is now based in London


  • Prof Wolfgang Prinz MPI CBS Leipzig
  • Prof Uta Frith ICN UCL
  • Dr Elisabeth Hill Goldsmiths
  • Dr Emily Cross Bangor
  • Dr Victoria Southgate Birkbeck
  • Dr Francys Subiaul George Washington University, USA
  • Dr Ilias Tachtsidis UCL
  • Dr Sylvie Delacroix UCL
  • Dr Danielle Ropar Nottingham
  • Dr Maddie Groom Nottingham
  • Dr Massimiliano Conson University Secondi di Napoli

Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, University College London, Alexandra House, 17 Queen Square, London, WC1N 3AR
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