Amandine Lassalle


I joined UvA/D’ARC in the Fall of 2017. During my MSc degree in Cognitive Neuroscience at the Cogmaster (France) and the Ecole Polytechnique Federale de Lausanne (EPFL, Switzerland), I studied the brain correlates of empathy for pain in autism using functional Magnetic Resonance Imaging (fMRI). I then completed my PhD in Cognitive Neuroscience at the University of Waterloo (Canada) where I used electroencephalography (EEG) to investigate the impact of autistic traits on the behavioural and brain correlates of gaze-oriented attention. During my first postdoc at the Autism Research Centre (ARC) of Cambridge University, I led the UK node the « ASC-Inclusion project » aimed at developing and evaluating an online game teaching socio-emotional skills to children with ASD. During my second postdoc at the Martinos Center for Biomedical Imaging of Harvard Medical School (USA), I used fMRI to investigate the neural correlates of emotion perception in people with and without autism.

My current research employs a variety of techniques (fMRI, EEG, magnetoencephalography [MEG], eyetracking, neuropsychological testing) and spans across three main topics :

(1) Neural correlates of empathy for pain in people with and without autism
(2) Typical and atypical neurodynamics of emotion perception and gaze-oriented attention
(3) Neural and behavioural manifestation of autism in girls