Helen joined King’s College London as a PhD student in Dr. Nicolaas Puts’ lab in October 2020.
Her project is focused on investigating how differences in sensory processing relate to social behaviour in autism, and how they could contribute to co-occurring psychiatric disorders such as anxiety. Her interests are particularly focused on touch processing, using quantitative methods such as psychophysics to examine how alterations in low-level tactile perception contribute to our experience of social touch.
As part of Helen's PhD partnership programme between King’s College London and Singapore’s Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR), Helen’s research also aims to explore the genetic and neurobiological mechanisms underlying the differences in sensory processing and social function, using data from the GUSTO and BRACO-LD cohorts in Singapore.
- Sensory processing
- Social and affective touch