Today's Neuroscience, Tomorrow's History: Uta Frith - Audio

Today's Neuroscience, Tomorrow's History: Uta Frith - Audio

Professor Uta Frith

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Supported by a grant from the Wellcome Trust to Dr Tilli Tansey and Professor Leslie Iversen, the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL presents a series of podcasts on the history of neuroscience featuring eminent people in the field: Professor Uta Frith was born on 25th May 1941 in Germany. She completed her undergraduate degree in experimental psychology at the Universitaet des Saarlandes before training in clinical psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. She completed her PhD on autism in 1968. Professor Uta Frith is best known for her research on autism spectrum disorders. Her book, Autism, Explaining the Enigma (1989) has been translated into many languages. She was one of the initiators of the study of Asperger's Syndrome in the UK and her work on reading development, spelling and dyslexia has been highly influential. Frith’s work on theory of mind in autism proposes the idea that people with autism have specific difficulties understanding other people’s beliefs and desires. Much of this work was carried out with Simon Baron-Cohen who was her PhD student. She has also suggested that individuals with autism have ‘weak central coherence’, and are better than typical individuals at processing details but worse at integrating information from many different sources. Throughout her career she has been developing a neuro-cognitive approach to developmental disorders. In particular, she has investigated specific cognitive processes and their failure in autism and dyslexia. Her aim is to discover the underlying cognitive causes of these disorders and to link them to behavioural symptoms as well as to brain systems. She aims to make this research relevant to the education of people with development disorders and to contribute to a better quality of their everyday life. Professor Frith is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the British Academy and the Academy of Medical Sciences. She is Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Development at University College London and Research Foundation Professor at the Faculties of Humanities and Health Sciences, University of Aarhus, Denmark.
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Supported by a grant from the Wellcome Trust to Dr Tilli Tansey and Professor Leslie Iversen, the Wellcome Trust Centre for the History of Medicine at UCL presents a series of podcasts on the history of neuroscience featuring eminent people in the field: Professor Uta Frith was born on 25th May 1941 in Germany. She completed her undergraduate degree in experimental psychology at the Universitaet des Saarlandes before training in clinical psychology at the Institute of Psychiatry, King’s College London. She completed her PhD on autism in 1968. Professor Uta Frith is best known for her research on autism spectrum disorders. Her book, Autism, Explaining the Enigma (1989) has been translated into many languages. She was one of the initiators of the study of Asperger's Syndrome in the UK and her work on reading development, spelling and dyslexia has been highly influential. Frith’s work on theory of mind in autism proposes the idea that people with autism have specific difficulties understanding other people’s beliefs and desires. Much of this work was carried out with Simon Baron-Cohen who was her PhD student. She has also suggested that individuals with autism have ‘weak central coherence’, and are better than typical individuals at processing details but worse at integrating information from many different sources. Throughout her career she has been developing a neuro-cognitive approach to developmental disorders. In particular, she has investigated specific cognitive processes and their failure in autism and dyslexia. Her aim is to discover the underlying cognitive causes of these disorders and to link them to behavioural symptoms as well as to brain systems. She aims to make this research relevant to the education of people with development disorders and to contribute to a better quality of their everyday life. Professor Frith is a Fellow of the Royal Society, the British Academy and the Academy of Medical Sciences. She is Emeritus Professor of Cognitive Development at University College London and Research Foundation Professor at the Faculties of Humanities and Health Sciences, University of Aarhus, Denmark.
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Early Years And Influence...

24 Jun 2009 | 02 mins 45 secs

Early Years And Infl...

24 Jun 2009 | 02 mins 45 secs

Brain substrates – visual...

13 Jun 2008 | 05 mins 10 secs

Brain substrates – v...

13 Jun 2008 | 05 mins 10 secs

Brain Substrates – visual...

13 Jun 2008 | 05 mins 27 secs

Brain Substrates – v...

13 Jun 2008 | 05 mins 27 secs

Autism – a single disorde...

13 Jun 2008 | 03 mins 55 secs

Autism – a single di...

13 Jun 2008 | 03 mins 55 secs

Autism – detail-focus and...

13 Jun 2008 | 04 mins 36 secs

Autism – detail-focu...

13 Jun 2008 | 04 mins 36 secs

Autism – Sabotage and Dec...

13 Jun 2008 | 04 mins 51 secs

Autism – Sabotage an...

13 Jun 2008 | 04 mins 51 secs

Autism – theory of mind a...

13 Jun 2008 | 09 mins 50 secs

Autism – theory of m...

13 Jun 2008 | 09 mins 50 secs

Autism – the information ...

13 Jun 2008 | 04 mins 22 secs

Autism – the informa...

13 Jun 2008 | 04 mins 22 secs

Autism – a disorder of be...

13 Jun 2008 | 04 mins

Autism – a disorder ...

13 Jun 2008 | 04 mins

Dyslexia - does it run in...

13 Jun 2008 | 02 mins 23 secs

Dyslexia - does it r...

13 Jun 2008 | 02 mins 23 secs

Dyslexia – the English la...

13 Jun 2008 | 04 mins 04 secs

Dyslexia – the Engli...

13 Jun 2008 | 04 mins 04 secs

Dyslexia – visualising br...

13 Jun 2008 | 03 mins 43 secs

Dyslexia – visualisi...

13 Jun 2008 | 03 mins 43 secs

Dyslexia – speech process...

13 Jun 2008 | 03 mins 37 secs

Dyslexia – speech pr...

13 Jun 2008 | 03 mins 37 secs

Dyslexia – first theories...

13 Jun 2008 | 04 mins 08 secs

Dyslexia – first the...

13 Jun 2008 | 04 mins 08 secs

London and a PhD at the I...

13 Jun 2008 | 04 mins 06 secs

London and a PhD at ...

13 Jun 2008 | 04 mins 06 secs