Dr Gray Atherton

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Research Qualifications
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
Teaching Contact
EDP1001: Introduction to Educational Psychology (Module Leader)
EDP3104: Special Educational Needs (Module leader)
PSY1111: Introduction to Personality, Social and Developmental Psychology
PSY3135: Psychology Dissertation
PhD Supervision
Dr Gray Atherton
Department of Psychology
Edge Hill University
St Helen’s Road
L39 4QP
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

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 https://link.springer.com/article/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 https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2021.669734/full

Cross, L., Whiteman, L., Ward, S., & Atherton, G. (2021). Moving From Me to We: Interpersonal Coordination’s Effects on Self-Construal. Open Psychology3(1), 50-63.https://doi.org/10.1515/psych-2020-0110 https://www.degruyter.com/document/doi/10.1515/psych-2020-0110/html

Atherton, G., Edisbury, E., Piovesan, A., Cross, L.  (In Press ). 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.

Atherton, G., & Cross, L. (In Press ). Gamification in autism: A review of the uses of analog and digital games in autism interventions. Frontiers in Psychology12, 3049.

Cross l., Whiteman, L., Ward, L., Atheron G. (In Press). Moving From Me to We: Interpersonal Coordinations Effects on Self-Construal. Open Psychology.

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 one16(7), e0254017. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0254017

Cross, L.,  Atherton G., (2021) Gamification in autism. A review of the use of analog and digital games in autism interventions (FIRAH)

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 Reports11, 573. [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.

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