Antonia Hamilton

is in Germany collaborating with some other scientists

Favourite Thing: I’m geeky – I like getting an experiment designed just right and seeing the data come out the way you hoped.



wycombe abbey



Work History:

UCL (London) and Dartmouth College, New Hampshire, USA


University of Nottingham

Current Job:

Lecturer in Psychology

Me and my work

I use brain scanners to see how people understand each other

I use brain scanners to see how people understand each other’s everyday actions, and if people with autism find it hard to understand actions.  It is fun studying the social brain because there is an enormous amount that we don’t know – it is all just waiting to be discovered.

My Typical Day

meet students, answer emails, write about my work, talk to other scientists

There is no typical day because my work involves a bit of everything.  Some days I help my students make movies to show to people in the scanner, some days I write computer programs to control the experiment or analyse data, some days I go to schools to meet children with autism, some days I write papers describing my work or give talks to other scientists, and some days I teach undergraduates.  It is always different and always challenging.

What I'd do with the money

go to autism conferences to discuss our research

When you are studying the different ways that different people think, it is important to respect the opinions of the people who take part in research and not just tell them that something is wrong.  Our studies show what is similar and different in the brains of people with autism.  I’d use the money to visit autism groups or conferences and ask them what they think of our research and what they think we should study next.  Listening to the thoughts of the people who take part in research is crucial and can give us ideas for good experiments.


My Interview

How would you describe yourself in 3 words?

geeky, bit shy

Who is your favourite singer or band?

pulp / jarvis cocker

What is the most fun thing you've done?

play with my baby daughter

If you had 3 wishes for yourself what would they be? - be honest!

more hours in the day to do my work and be with my family; funding for my students;

What did you want to be after you left school?

a scientist

Were you ever in trouble at school?

not much

What's the best thing you've done as a scientist?

shown that children with autism can succeed

Tell us a joke.