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Charlotte Rothwell

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Charlotte Rothwell

Lancaster University

Fylde College



My Role

I am a PhD student at Lancaster University, continuing from my Psychology BSc also at Lancaster.

Research overview

My research investigates word learning in children with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Restricted and repetitive behaviours and interests are defining characteristics of ASD, which affect the ability of children with ASD to engage with their environment, and consequently learn language. My research aims to investigate the relationship between atypical attentional mechanisms in ASD, and linguistic deficits. This will be done using interactive touch screens, giving the opportunity to obtain data through behavioural methods such as reaction times and coding, as well as eye-tracking. Ultimately, this project will advance understanding of language deficits in ASD, and could inform educational interventions by combining preferential interests and linguistic tasks to enhance vocabulary development.

Current Teaching


PSYC101 Understanding Psychology

PSYC205 Developmental Psychology

PSYC214 Statistics