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  • Dercon, Q., Mehrhof, S. Z., Sandhu, T., Hitchcock, C., Lawson, R. P., Pizzagalli, D. A., & Nord, C. (2022). A core component of psychological therapy causes adaptive changes in computational learning mechanisms. PsyArXiv. 10.31234/

  • Ilingworth, B. J. G., Sandhu, T. R., Smith, E. S., Lage, C., McCoy, B., & Lawson, R. P (2022)  Transdiagnostic approaches to precision medicine: A Computational Psychiatry Primer. Authorea. DOI: 10.22541/au.166672691.16173006/v1

  • Lage, C., Smith, E., Lawson, R.P (2022). A meta-analysis of cognitive flexibility in autism. 


  1. Jassim, N., Owen, A. M., Smith, P., Suckling, J., Lawson, R. P., Baron-Cohen, S., & Parsons, O. (2022). Perceptual decision-making in autism as assessed by “spot the difference” visual cognition tasks. Scientific Reports, 12(1), 1–7.

  2. Lawson, R. P., Bisby, J., Nord, C. L., Burgess, N., & Rees, G. (2021). The computational, pharmacological, and physiological determinants of sensory learning under uncertainty. Current Biology, 31(1), 163–172.

  3. Nord, C. L., Lawson, R. P., & Dalgleish, T. (2021). Disrupted dorsal mid-insula activation during interoception across psychiatric disorders. American Journal of Psychiatry, 178(8), 761–770.

  4. Perrykkad, K., Lawson, R. P., Jamadar, S., & Hohwy, J. (2021). The effect of uncertainty on prediction error in the action perception loop. Cognition, 210, 104598.

  5. Sandhu, T. R., Rees, G., & Lawson, R. P. (2020). Preserved low-level visual gain control in autistic adults. Wellcome Open Research, 4(208), 208.

  6. Browning, M., Carter, C. S., Chatham, C., Den Ouden, H., Gillan, C. M., Baker, J. T., Chekroud, A. M., Cools, R., Dayan, P., …Lawson, R.P., … & Gold, J. (2020). Realizing the clinical potential of computational psychiatry: Report from the Banbury Center Meeting, February 2019. Biological Psychiatry, 88(2), e5–e10.

  7. Watanabe, T., Lawson, R. P., Walldén, Y. S., & Rees, G. (2019). A neuroanatomical substrate linking perceptual stability to cognitive rigidity in autism. Journal of Neuroscience, 39(33), 6540–6554.

  8. Palmer, C. J*., Lawson, R. P*., Clifford, C. W., & Rees, G. (2019). Establishing the scope of the divisive normalisation theory of autism: A reply to Rosenberg and Sunkara. Cortex. Feb; 111:319-323

  9. Wright, N. D., Grohn, J., Song, C., Rees, G., & Lawson, R. P. (2018). Cultural effects on computational metrics of spatial and temporal context. Scientific Reports, 8(1), 1–11.

  10. Nord, C., Lawson, R., Huys, Q. J., Pilling, S., & Roiser, J. P. (2018). Depression is associated with enhanced aversive Pavlovian control over instrumental behaviour. Scientific Reports, 8(1), 1–10.

  11. Lawson, R. P., Aylward, J., Roiser, J. P., & Rees, G. (2018). Adaptation of social and non-social cues to direction in adults with autism spectrum disorder and neurotypical adults with autistic traits. Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, 29, 108–116.

  12. Lawson, R., Bisby, J., Imber, S., Burgess, N., & Rees, G. (2018). A Causal Role for Noradrenaline in Balancing Beliefs Against Reality. Biological Psychiatry, 83(9), S321.

  13. CJ Palmer, R. L., S. Shankar, CWG Clifford, Rees G. (2018). Autistic adults show preserved normalisation of sensory responses in gaze processing. Cortex, 103, 13–23.

  14. Lawson, R. P., Mathys, C., & Rees, G. (2017). Adults with autism overestimate the volatility of the sensory environment. Nature Neuroscience, 20(9), 1293–1299.

  15. Palmer, C. J., Lawson, R. P., & Hohwy, J. (2017). Bayesian approaches to autism: Towards volatility, action, and behavior. Psychological Bulletin, 143(5), 521.

  16. Lawson, R., Johnstone, A., & Rees, G. (2017). Reduced visual metacognitive efficiency in adults with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Vision, 17(10), 638–638.

  17. McGettigan, C., Jasmin, K., Eisner, F., Agnew, Z. K., Josephs, O. J., Calder, A. J., Jessop, R., Lawson, R. P., Spielmann, M., & Scott, S. K. (2017). You talkin’to me? Communicative talker gaze activates left-lateralized superior temporal cortex during perception of degraded speech. Neuropsychologia, 100, 51–63.

  18. Lawson, R. P., Nord, C. L., Seymour, B., Thomas, D. L., Dayan, P., Pilling, S., & Roiser, J. P. (2016). Disrupted habenula function in major depression. Molecular Psychiatry, 22, 202–208.

  19. Rivolta, D., Lawson, R. P., & Palermo, R. (2016). More than just a problem with faces: Altered body perception in a group of congenital prosopagnosics. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 26, 1–11.

  20. Lawson, R. P., & Calder, A. J. (2016). The “where” of social attention: Head and body direction aftereffects arise from representations specific to cue type and not direction alone. Cognitive Neuroscience, 7(1–4), 103–113.

  21. de Haas, B., Schwarzkopf, D. S., Alvarez, I., Lawson, R. P., Henriksson, L., Kriegeskorte, N., & Rees, G. (2016). Perception and processing of faces in the human brain is tuned to typical feature locations. Journal of Neuroscience, 36(36), 9289–9302.

  22. Lawson, R., Johnstone, A., Kelly, J., & Rees, G. (2016). CRT-based Dark Adaptometry in Adults with Autism. Journal of Vision, 16(12), 475–475.

  23. Lawson, R. P., Aylward, J., White, S., & Rees, G. (2015). A striking reduction of simple loudness adaptation in autism. Nature Scientific Reports, 5, 16157.

  24. Lawson, R. P., Friston, K. J., & Rees, G. (2015). A more precise look at context in autism. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 112(38), E5226–E5226.

  25. Lawson, R. P., Nord, C. L., Seymour, B., Thomas, D. L., Dolan, R. J., Dayan, P., Weiskopf, N., & Roiser, J. P. (2014). Habenula responses during appetitive and aversive conditioning in major depressive disorder. Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery & Psychiatry, 85(8), e3–e3.

  26. Lawson, R. P., Rees, G., & Friston, K. J. (2014). An aberrant precision account of autism. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, 302.

  27. Lawson, R. P., Seymour, B., Loh, E., Lutti, A., Dolan, R. J., Dayan, P., Weiskopf, N., & Roiser, J. P. (2014). The habenula encodes negative motivational value associated with primary punishment in humans. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 111(32), 11858–11863.

  28. Lawson, R. P., Drevets, W. C., & Roiser, J. P. (2013). Defining the habenula in human neuroimaging studies. Neuroimage, 64, 722–727.

  29. Friston, K. J., Lawson, R., & Frith, C. D. (2013). On hyperpriors and hypopriors. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 17(1), 1.

  30. Lutti, A., Josephs, O., Thomas, D., Lawson, R.P., Roiser, J. P., Hutton, C., & Weiskopf, N. (2011). Optimized Physiological Noise Correction for 3D EPI Time Series. Proceedings of the International Society of. Magnetic Resonance Medicine, 19 19, 3635.

  31. Lawson, R. P., Clifford, C. W., & Calder, A. J. (2011). A real head turner: Horizontal and vertical head directions are multichannel coded. Journal of Vision, 11(9), 17–17.

  32. Lawson, R. P., Ewbank, M. P., Henson, R. N., & Calder, A. J. (2010). Does your EBA response to my bum look big? Differential sensitivity to body orientation in the extrastriate body area. Journal of Vision, 10(7), 686–686.

  33. Ewbank, M. P., Lawson, R. P., Henson, R. N., Rowe, J. B., Passamonti, L., & Calder, A. J. (2011). Changes in “top-down” connectivity underlie repetition suppression in the ventral visual pathway. Journal of Neuroscience, 31(15), 5635–5642.

  34. Lawson, R. P., Clifford, C. W., & Calder, A. J. (2009). About turn: The visual representation of human body orientation revealed by adaptation. Psychological Science, 20(3), 363–371.

  35. Lawson, R. P., & Calder, A. J. (2008). Adaptation reveals multichannel-coded cells tuned to body orientation in humans. Journal of Vision, 8(6), 1142–1142.


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