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Recent Publications

Hale, Payne, Taylor, Paoletti & Hamilton (2017) The virtual maze: a behavioural tool for measuring trust Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology

Krishnan-Barman, Forbes & Hamilton (2017) How can the study of action kinematics inform our understanding of human social interaction? Neuropsychologia [REVIEW]

Oliver, Tachtsidis & Hamilton (2017) The role of parietal cortex in overimitation: a study with fNIRS Social Neuroscience


Dubey, Ropar & Hamilton (2016) A comparison of the preference for viewing social and non-social movies in typial and autistic adolescents Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

Hale & Hamilton (2016) Testing the relationship between mimicry, trust and rapport in virtual reality conversations Scientific Reports

Hamilton & Lind (2016) Audience effects: what can they tell us aobut social neuroscience, theory of mind and autism" Culture and Brain [REVIEW]

Forbes, Pan & Hamilton (2016) Reduced mimicry to virtual reality avatars in autism spectrum disorder Journal of Autism and Developmental Disoders

Forbes, Wang & Hamilton (2016) STORMy Interactions: Gaze and the Modulation of Mimicry in Adults on the Autism Spectrum Psychonomic Bulletin & Review

Hamilton, Southgate & Hill (2016) The development of action cognition Chapter in: The Pragmatic Turn: Toward Action-Oriented Views in Cognitive Science ed. A. K. Engel, K. J. Friston, and D. Kragic. Strüngmann Forum Reports, vol. 18, J. Lupp, series editor. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press [REVIEW]

Farmer, Carr, Svartdal, Winkielman & Hamilton (2016) Status and Power Do Not Modulate Automatic Imitation of Intransitive Hand Movements PlosOne

Hale & Hamilton (2016) Cognitive mechanisms for responding to mimicry from others Neuroscience and Biobehavioural reviews.[REVIEW]

Pan, Slater, Beacco, Navarro, Bellido Rivas, Swapp, Hale, Forbes, Denvir, Hamilton & Delacroix (2016) The responses of medical general practioners to unreasonable patient demand for antibiotics - a study of medical ethics using immersive virtual reality PlosOne.

Kenny, Hill, Hamilton (2016) The relationship between social and motor cognition in primary school age-children. Frontiers in Developmental Psychology

Hamilton (2016) Gazing at me: the importance of social meaning in understanding direct gaze cues, Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B [REVIEW]

Conson, Hamilton, De Bellis, Errico, Improta, Mazzarella, Trojano, Frolli (2016) Body constraints on motor simulation in autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

Cross, Ramsey, Liepelt, Prinz & Hamilton (2016) The Shaping of Social Perception by Stimulus and Knowledge Cues to Human Animacy. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B

Pinti, Aichelburg, Lind, Power, Swingler, Merla, Hamilton, Gilbert, Burgess & Tachtsidis (2016) Using a fibreless and wearable fNIRS to monitor brain activity in outdoor real-world cognitive tasks. Journal of Visualised Experiments

Hamilton (2016) The social function of the human mirror system: a motor chauvinist view. Chapter for "Shared representations: sensorimotor foundations of social life", Editors: Ohbi & Cross [BOOK CHAPTER]


Dubey, Ropar & Hamilton (2015) Measuring the value of social engagement in adults with and without autism. Molecular Autism

Pan & Hamilton (2015) Automatic imitation in a rich social context with virtual characters. Frontiers in Psychology.
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Pearson, Marsh, Ropar, Hamilton (2015) Cognitive Mechanisms underlying Visual Perspective Taking in typical and ASD children. Autism Research.

Hamilton (2015) The neurocognitive mechanisms of imitation. Current Opinion in Behavioural Sciences [REVIEW]

Hamilton (2015) The granularity of grasping Physics of Life Reviews [COMMENTARY]


Hamilton (2014) Cognitive underpinnings of social interaction. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology [PRIZE LECTURE]

Marsh, Mullet, Ropar, Hamilton (2014) Responses to irrational actions in action observation and mentalising networks of the human brain NeuroImage

Marsh, Pearson, Ropar & Hamilton (2014) Predictive Gaze during observation of irrational actions in adults with autism spectrum conditions. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

Wang & Hamilton (2014) Anterior medial prefrontal cortex implements social priming of mimicry. Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience

Hamilton, Kessler & Creem-Regehr (2014) Perspective Taking: building a neurocognitive framework for integrating the 'social' and the 'spatial' Frontiers in Human Neuroscience [EDITORIAL on special issue on perspective taking ]

Pearson, Marsh, Hamilton & Ropar (2014) Spatial Transformations of Bodies and Objects in Adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

Vivanti & Hamilton (2014) Imitation in autism spectrum disorders. Chapter in: Handbook of Autism [BOOK CHAPTER]

Marsh, Ropar & Hamilton (2014) The social modulation of imitation fidelity in school-age children. PlosOne

Southgate, Begus, Lloyd-Fox, di Gangi & Hamilton (2014) Goal Representation in the Infant Brain. NeuroImage


Pearson, Ropar, Hamilton (2013) A review of visual perspective taking in autism spectrum disorder Frontiers in Human Neuroscience [REVIEW PAPER]

Hamilton (2013) The mirror neuron system contributes to social responding. Cortex. [OPINION PAPER]

Hamilton (2013) Second person neuroscience needs theories as well as methods. Behavioral and Brain Sciences (commentary on paper by Schilbach et al) [OPINION PAPER]

Hamilton & Ramsey (2013) How are the actions of triangles and people processed in the human brain - Chapter for "Social Perception: Detection and interpretation of animacy, agency and intention", Rutherford & Kuhlmeier (Eds), MIT Press [BOOK CHAPTER]

Marsh & Hamilton (2013) Two systems for action comprehension in autism: mirroring and mentalising - Chapter for "Understanding other minds, 3rd Edition", Baron-Cohen, Lombardo & Tager-Flusberg (Eds), Oxford University Press. [BOOK CHAPTER]

Wang & Hamilton (2013). Why does gaze enhance mimicry? Placing gaze-mimicry effects in relation to other gaze phenomena. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.

Ramsey, Cross & Hamilton (2013). Supramodal and modality-sensitive representations of perceived action categories in the human brain . Experimental Brain Research.

Marsh, Pearson, Ropar, Hamilton (2013) Children with autism do not overimitate. Current Biology

Wang & Hamilton (2013) Understanding the role of the Self in the social priming of mimicry PLoS One

Mazzarella, Ramsey, Conson & Hamilton (2013) Brain systems for visual perspective taking and action perception. Social Neuroscience


Uljarevic & Hamilton (2012) Recognition of emotions in autism: a formal meta-analysis Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders

Hamilton (2012) Reflecting on the mirror neuron system in autism: a systematic review of current theories. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience [REVIEW PAPER]

Cross, Cohen, Hamilton, Ramsey, Wolford, Grafton (2012) Physical experience leads to enhanced object perception in parietal cortex: Insights from knot tying. Neuropsychologia

Wang & Hamilton (2012) Social Top-down Response Modulation (STORM): a model of the control of mimicry in social interaction. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience [REVIEW PAPER]

Gowen & Hamilton (2012) Motor abilities in autism: a review using a computational context. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders [REVIEW PAPER]

Mazzarella, Hamilton, Trojano, Mastromauro & Conson (2012) Observation of other's action but not eye gaze triggers allocentric visual persepective. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology

Ramsey & Hamilton (2012) How are the actions of triangles and people processed in the human brain Chapter in: Social Percpetion - dectection and interpretation of animacy, agency and intention. Editors: M.D.Rutherford & V.A.Kuhlmeier

Ramsey, Cross & Hamilton (2012) Predicting others' actions via grasp and gaze: Evidence for distinct brain networks Psychological Research

Springer, Hamilton, Cross (2012) Simulating and predicting others' actions. Psychological Research [Editorial].


Wang, Ramsey & Hamilton (2011) The control of mimicry by eye contact is mediated by medial prefrontal cortex Journal of Neuroscience

Ramsey, Cross, Hamilton (2011) Eye can see what you want: posterior intraparietal sulcus encodes the object of an actor’s gaze Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience

Cross, Liepelt, Hamilton, Parkinson, Ramsey, Stadler & Prinz (2011) Robotic movement preferentially engages the action observation network Human Brain Mapping

Marsh & Hamilton (2011) Dissociation of mirroring and mentalising systems in autism NeuroImage

Ramsey & Hamilton (2011) How does your own knowledge influence the perception of another person's action in the human brain? Social Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience


Ramsey & Hamilton (2010) Triangles have goals too: Understanding action representation in left aIPS Neuropsychologia

Wang, Newport & Hamilton (2010) Eye contact enhances mimicry of intransitive hand movements Biology Letters

Ramsey & Hamilton (2010) Understanding actors and goals in the human brain NeuroImage


Cross, Mackie, Wolford & Hamilton (2009) Contorted and orindary body postures in the human brain Experimental Brain Research

Cross, Hamilton, Kraemer, Kelly, Grafton (2009) Dissociable substrates for body motion and physical experience in the human action observation network European Journal of Neuroscience

Hamilton, Brindley & Frith (2009) Visual perspective taking impairment in children with autistic spectrum disorder Cognition

Hamilton (2009) Lost in localization: a minimal middle way NeuroImage (commentary on the creation of a universal coordinate database for neuroimaging data)

Hamilton (2009) Goals, intentions and mental states: Challenges for theories of autism Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry [REVIEW PAPER]

Hamilton & Grafton (2009) Repetition suppression for performed hand actions revealed by fMRI. Human Brain Mapping.


Southgate & Hamilton (2008) Unbroken Mirrors: Challenging a Theory of Autism Trends in Cognitive Sciences [REVIEW PAPER]

Cross, Kraemer, Hamilton, Kelley, & Grafton (2008) Sensitivity of the action observation network to physical and observational learning. Cerebral Cortex.

Hamilton & Grafton (2008) Action outcomes are represented in human inferior fronto-parietal cortex.  Cerebral Cortex

Hamilton (2008) Emulation and mimicry for social interaction, A theoretical approach to imitation in autism. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology [REVIEW PAPER]


Grafton & Hamilton (2007) Evidence for a distributed hierarchy of action representation in the brain Human Movement Science [REVIEW PAPER]

Kilner, Hamilton & Blakemore (2007) Interference effect of observed human movement on action is due to velocity profile of biological motion Social Neuroscience

Tunik, Rice, Hamilton & Grafton (2007) Beyond grasping: Representation of action in human anterior intraparietal sulcus, NeuroImage [REVIEW PAPER]

Hamilton & Grafton (2007) The motor hierarchy: from kinematics to goals and intentions. Chapter in Attention and Performance 22, P Haggard, Y Rosetti, M Kawato (Eds)

Hamilton, Brindley & Frith (2007) Imitation and Action Understanding in Autistic Spectrum Disorders: how valid is the hypothesis of a deficit in the mirror neuron system? Neuropsychologia

Ortigue, Bianchi-Demicheli, Hamilton & Grafton (2007) The Neural Basis of Love as a Subliminal Prime: An Event-related Functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging Study. Journal of Cognitive Neuroscience


Cross, Hamilton & Grafton (2006) Building a motor simulation de novo: Observation of dance by dancers, NeuroImage

Pobric & Hamilton (2006) Action understanding requires the left inferior frontal cortex, Current Biology

Hamilton & Grafton (2006) Goal representation in human anterior intraparietal sulcus, Journal of Neuroscience.

2005 - 2004

Hamilton, Joyce, Flanagan, Frith & Wolpert (2005) Kinematic cues in perceptual weight judgment and their origins in box lifting, Psychological Research.

Hamilton, Wolpert, Frith & Grafton (2005), Where does your own action influence your perception of another person's action in the brain? Neuroimage

Hamilton, Wolpert & Frith (2004) Your own action influences how you perceive another person's action, Current Biology 14, 493-498

PhD & earlier

Hamilton, Jones & Wolpert (2004), The scaling of motor noise with muscle strength and motor unit numbers in humans, Experimental Brain Research 157 (4) p 417-430

Thesis: The role of noise in sensorimotor control

Baraduc, Hamilton & Wolpert (2002). Cerebral Carbon Copies. Current Biology,12(16): R552-6.

Jones, Hamilton & Wolpert (2002), The sources of signal dependent noise during isometric force production. Journal of Neurophysiology, 88, p1533–1544,

Hamilton & Wolpert, (2002), Controlling the Statistics of Action: Obstacle Avoidance, Journal of Neurophysiology, 87, p 2434-40

Hamilton, Plunkett, & Schafer, 2000, Infant Vocabulary Development Assessed with a British CDI. Journal of Child Language 27, p689-705

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