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ERC Proof of Concept funding recieved

Jan 2020

In collaboration with Jamie A Ward, we will be studying how wearable sensors can be used to measure social engagement in children with autism and learning difficulties.


Sept 2019

Antonia Hamilton is now a Professor of Social Neuroscience, at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL

Leverhulme funding received

August 2016

In collaboration with Marco Gillies, we will be studying dyadic social interaction by using motion capture and machine learning to model, understand and generate realistic human behaviour

Congratulations to Alexandra Georgescu

February 2016

on the award of a Marie Curie grant to join the lab for 2 years studying virtual reality mimciry


Sept 2014

Antonia Hamilton is now a Reader in Social Neuroscience, at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL

Hamilton lab on BBC Horizon

April 2014

The Hamilton lab featured on Horizon: Living with Autism on BBC2 presented by Uta Frith. We explained our new research on overimitation and how this simple task reveals important differences in children with autism

A move to UCL

April 2013

The Hamilton lab is moving. Antonia has accepted a position as senior lecturer at the Institute of Cognitive Neuroscience, UCL and will be moving there in August 2013

Hamilton lab on BBC TV

August 2012

The Hamilton lab featured on Growing Children: Autism on BBC4 on Monday 13th August. The episode is available on BBC iplayer (link may not last long!).

ERC funding received

August 2012

The Hamilton lab has received funding from the European Research Council (Starting Grant) for a project called INTERACT. This project will use computer-generated avatars to examine the fundamental mechanisms of human social interaction.

Promotions & Honours

March 2012

Antonia Hamilton is delighted to accept the EPS prize lectureship for 2013, and will be giving the prize lecture at Bangor University in the summer of that year. She has also been promoted to Associate Professor in the School of Psychology.

ESRC funding received

September 2011

The Hamilton lab has been awarded a small grant from the ESRC to study the control of mimicry by different social cues.

Waterloo Foundation funding received

August 2011

The Hamilton lab has received funding from the Waterloo foundation for a project in collaboration with Dr Elisabeth Hill. This project will test the relationship between motor skills and social skills in primary school age children.

Eye contact enhances mimicry in mPFC

August 2011

Yin's paper published in Journal of Neuroscience demonstrates that medial prefrontal cortex is a key controller in implementing the effect of eye contact on mimicry. This work has been covered in the press here

Actors and actions in the brain

January 2010

The first Hamilton lab paper based on work performed only at the University of Nottingham is accepted - Ramsey & Hamilton (2010) NeuroImage.

British Academy funding

July 2009

We will be studying how children with autism represent the human body from different perspectives, under a grant from the British Academy

Hamilton lab established

June 2007

The Hamilton lab is established at the University of Nottingham. Funding from Autism Speaks and the ESRC allows us to begin work immediately.

Coverage of the lab in the media

Rich on TV Rich demonstrates one of our new studies to the BBC.

New dance study covered in a press release from Dartmouth. The research paper is on the Publications page.

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