22nd August 2016: We recently published this study rexamining adults seeking a first diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders. This work was completed by BSc undergradute student Hassan Mansour, working with colleagues at the Autism Diagnostic Research Unit in Southampton and King's College University of London.

Happé, F.G.; Mansour, H.; Barrett, P.; Brown, T.; Abbott, P.; Charlton, R.A. Demographic and cognitive profile of individuals seeking a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorder in adulthood (in press) Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, DOI: 10.1007/s10803-016-2886-2.

Please see the University Website for a summary of the results and a short video about the findings. Information related to this article was also used in an article for the Converstion, see details below in Media Coverage.


11th March 2016: I'm pleased to share this recent publication looking at Broad Autism Phenotype traits in Ageing. This work was done by lab alumni and MSc student Jessica Budgett, with Dr. Greg Wallace (George Washington University).

Gregory L. Wallace, Jessica Budgett and Rebecca A. Charlton Aging and autism spectrum disorder: Evidence from the broad autism phenotype (in press) Autism Research, DOI: 10.1002/aur.1620

Please see the University Website for a summary of the results.


See below for the latest publications, news and media coverage from the GoldAge Lab. Click here for a full publicaiton list.

Awards and Other news

14th July 2016: Rebecca was awarded a Goldsmiths Student Union student nominated award for Outstanding use of Research in Teaching. Here's a photo of her receiving her award at the summer Graduation ceremony.


May 2016: We received an Undergraduate Research Assistantship from the British Psychological Society to support Gavin Stewart to work in the lab through the summer. Gavin will be exploring autism traits in typical adults across the lifespan.

Interviews and Media coverage

October 2016: A summary of our paper published in Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, was written up for the online magazine the Conversation, and reproduced in the Independent.

18th March 2016: Rebecca spoke about "How to Age Well" in the Science Showoff: Goldsmiths Edition as part of British Science Week and the Telegraph Hill Festival at the Amersham Arms in New Cross.

14th March 2016: We were interviewed by MedicalResearch.com about the Broad Autism Phenotype paper described above. You can read more about it here.


Latest News

Recent Publications and Presentations

4-6th January 2017: The GoldAge Lab attended the Experimental Psychology Society meeting in London.

Carys Evans presented some of the results from our brain stimulation study, giving the first talk of the conference. Charlotte Gove and Debbie Luxon presented research posters about our work with the ADRC. The studies compared adults receiving a diagnosis of Autism Spectrum Disorders with age-matched adults, as well as examining whether a diagnosis had any positive effects.  Gavin Stewart presented his research funded by the British Psychological Society, examining cognitive abilities in older adults with Autism traits. For copies of the posters, see here