|I am interested in understanding how people with autism spectrum condition see the social world. Specifically, I explore individual differences in social processing and how these differences often found in people with autism also exist in the general population.
I also investigate anthropomorphism, or seeing the human in the non-human, and how this relates to social processing in autism. To investigate this I am developing virtual reality techniques that allow for anthropomorphic experiences.
My other research interest lies more broadly in embodied social processing. I am particularly interested in how movement can affect the way we see ourselves and our social partners, and how this can be used to understand special populations.
|BSc Child Development – Vanderbilt University
MEd Counselling Psychology – University of Houston
PhD – Educational Psychology and Individual Differences (Special Populations) – University of Houston
|EDP1001: Introduction to Educational Psychology (Module Leader)
EDP3104: Special Educational Needs (Module leader)
PSY1111: Introduction to Personality, Social and Developmental Psychology
PSY3135: Psychology Dissertation
|Dr Gray Atherton
Department of Psychology
Edge Hill University
St Helen’s Road
Phone: 01695 657498
Email: Gray Atherton
Office: LP 2.59
Full-text links of these publications are available on the Edge Hill University Research Information Repository
Cross, L., Kaye, L. K., Savostijanovs, J., McLatchie, N., Johnston, M., Whiteman, L., Mooney, R., & Atherton, G. (2022). Gendered violence and sexualized representations in video games: (Lack of) effect on gender-related attitudes. New Media & Society. https://doi.org/10.1177/14614448221075736
Atherton, G., Edisbury, E., Piovesan, A., Cross, L. (2021 ). Autism through the ages: A mixed methods approach to understanding how age and age of diagnosis affect quality of life. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10803-021-05235-x
Atherton, G., & Cross, L. (2021). The Use of Analog and Digital Games for Autism Interventions. Frontiers in Psychology, 3049. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.669734
Cross, L., Whiteman, L., Ward, S., & Atherton, G. (2021). Moving From Me to We: Interpersonal Coordination’s Effects on Self-Construal. Open Psychology, 3(1), 50-63. https://doi.org/10.1515/psych-2020-0110
Atherton, G., & Cross, L. (2021). Gamification in autism: A review of the uses of analog and digital games in autism interventions. Frontiers in Psychology, 12, 3049. https://doi.org/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.669734.
Connolly, T., Atherton, G., Cross, L., Piovesan, A., & Kaye, L. K. (2021). The wild west of measurement: Exploring problematic technology use cut off scores and their relation to psychosocial and behavioural outcomes in adolescence. Computers in Human Behavior, 106965. doi.org/10.1016/j.chb.2021.106965
Crossey, B. P., Atherton, G., & Cross, L. (2021). Lost in the crowd: Imagining walking in synchrony with a crowd increases affiliation and deindividuation. PloS one, 16(7), e0254017. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0254017
Atherton G., Cross, L., (2021) Reading the mind in cartoon eyes: A cartoon version of the RME Psychological Reports, doi.org/0033294120988135.
Cross, L., Atherton, G., Sebanz, N. (2021) Intentional Synchronisation affects Automatic Imitation and Source Memory. Scientific Reports, 11, 573. . doi.org/10.1038/s41598-020-79796-9
Cross, L., Micheal, J., Wilsdon, L., Henson, H., Atherton G., (2020) Still want to help: Entrainments effects on helping behaviour after a 24-hour delay. Acta Psychologica. doi.org/10.1016/j.actpsy.2020.103062
Atherton G., Cross, L., (2020) Walking in my shoes: Imagined Synchrony Improves Attitudes Towards Outgroups. Psychological Studies. 1-9 doi.org/10.1007/s12646-020-00568-6
Cross, L. Faraha, M., Atherton, G. (2019). The animal in me: Enhancing emotion recognition in adolescents with autism using animal filters. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. doi:10.1007/s10803-019-04179-7
Atherton, G., Sebanz, N., Cross, L. (2019). Imagine all the synchrony: Actual and imagined synchronous walking’s effects on attitudes towards marginalised groups. PlosOne, 14(5) e0216585. doi.10.1371/.02220264
Atherton G., Cross, L. (2019) Animal faux pas: Two legs good four legs bad for ToM, but not in the BAP. Journal of Genetic Psychology, 1-15. doi.10.1080/00221325.2019.1593100
Cross, L., Atherton.G, Turgeon, M. (2019). How moving together binds us together: A Review of the socio-emotional effects of interpersonal entrainment. Open Psychology 1: 273-302. doi.10.1515-2018-0018
Cross, L., Turgeon, M., Atherton, G., (2019). Moving with the in-crowd: Interpersonal entrainment and cooperation in in vs. out -groups. Current psychology. 10. doi.10.1007/s12144-019-00283-0
Atherton, G., Cross, L. (2018). Seeing more than human: Anthropomorphic theory of mind and autism. Frontiers in Psychology. 9:528. doi:10.3389/fpsyg.2018.00528.
Atherton, G., Lummis, B., Day, S. X., & Cross, L. (2018). What am I thinking? Perspective-taking from the perspective of adolescents with autism. Autism, 23(5), 1186-1200. doi.1362361318793409.
Cross, L., Atherton, G., Wilson, A. D., Golonka, S. (2017). Imagined steps: Can mental simulation of coordinated rhythmic movement affect pro-sociality? Frontiers in Psychology, 8, 1798. 10.3389, doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2017.01798.