Cambridge Research into Autism and Anxiety

Many people with autism experience anxiety. Anxiety is much more common in the autistic community than in the neurotypical community. One thing that both people with anxiety and autism struggle with is coping with change and uncertainty.


In this project, we will use computer-based cognitive tasks to see how people with autism and/or anxiety learn under uncertainty. We will also measure heart rate and monitor the eye position during some of these tasks.


This research is very important for understanding why anxiety can form such a big part of autism and whether anxiety in autism is different to anxiety in neurotypical people. In the long term, we can use this to help autistic people recognise the source of this anxiety and help them to manage it better.

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