My team and I study socially relevant psychological signals, from basic perception (e.g., of bodily signals, faces) to higher-order cognition (e.g., decision-making, mind reading). We are interested in how these processes differ between socially diverse people, and thereby aim to improve understanding and management of mental health conditions.

I teach undergraduate and postgraduate modules in Applied (Clinical) Psychology.

 

I have a restricted interest in running along the K&A towpath.

Dr Punit Shah

Lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Psychology

 

+(44)7428153837

p.shah (at) bath.ac.uk

www.punitqshah.com

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Papers

 

* Joint Contribution

Shah, P. (2012). Toward a neurobiology of unrealistic optimismFrontiers in Psychology.


Cook, R.*, Brewer, R.*, Shah, P., & Bird, G. (2013). Alexithymia, not autism, predicts poor recognition of emotional facial expressionsPsychological Science.

 

Cage, E., Pellicano, E., Shah, P., & Bird, G. (2013). Reputation management: Evidence for intact ability but reduced propensity in adults with autismAutism Research.

 

Harris, A. J. L, Shah, P., Catmur, C., Bird, G., &  Hahn, U. (2013). Autism, optimism and positive events: Evidence against a general optimistic bias. In M. Knauff, M. Pauen, N. Sebanz, & I. Wachsmuth (Eds.). Austin, TX: Cognitive Science Society.

 

Shah, P., Gaule, A., Bird, G., & Cook, R. (2013). Robust orienting to protofacial stimuli in autismCurrent Biology. Commentary by Johnson (2014).

 

Cook, R.*, Brewer, R.*, Shah, P.*, & Bird, G. (2014). Intact facial adaptation in autistic adultsAutism Research.

 

Santiesteban, I., Shah, P., White, S., Bird, G., & Heyes, C. (2014). Mentalizing or submentalizing in a communication task? Evidence from autism and a camera control. Psychonomic Bulletin & Review.

 

Sowden, S., & Shah, P. (2014). Self-other control: a candidate mechanism for social cognitive functionFrontiers in Human Neuroscience.

 

Shah, P., Gaule, A., Gaigg, S., Bird, G., & Cook, R. (2015). Probing short-term face memory in developmental prosopagnosiaCortex.

 

Shah, P. & Sowden, S. (2015). Insights into social perception in autismThe Journal of Neuroscience.

 

Shah, P., Happé, F., Sowden, S., Cook, R., & Bird, G. (2015). Orienting towards face-like stimuli in early childhoodChild Development.

 

Shah, P., Gaule, A., Sowden, S., Bird, G., & Cook, R. (2015). The twenty-item prosopagnosia index (PI20): A self-report instrument for identifying developmental prosopagnosiaRoyal Society Open Science

 

Shah,P., Sowden, S., Gaule, A., Catmur, C., & Bird, G., (2015). The twenty-item prosopagnosia index: Relationship to the Glasgow Face Matching TestRoyal Society Open Science[Download Questionnaire] 

Shah, P. (2016). Identification, diagnosis and treatment of developmental prosopagnosiaThe British Journal of Psychiatry.

 

Shah, P., Bird, G., & Cook, R. (2016). Face processing in autism spectrum disorder: Reduced integration of cross-feature dynamicsCortex.

 

Shah, P., Hall, R., Catmur, C., & Bird, G. (2016). Alexithymia, not autism, is associated with impaired interoceptionCortex

 

Shah, P. (2016). Book review: Interoception - the eighth sensory systemJournal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

 

Shah, P., Harris, A. J. L, Bird, G., Catmur, C., & Hahn, U. (2016). A pessimistic view of optimistic belief updating. Cognitive Psychology.

 

Shah, P, Catmur, C., & Bird, G. (2016). Emotional decision-making in Autism Spectrum Disorder: The roles of interoception and alexithymiaMolecular Autism.

 

Shah, P, Catmur, C., & Bird, G. (2017). From heart to mind: Linking interoception, emotion, and theory of mindCortex

 

Livingston, L. A. & Shah, P.  (2017). People with and without prosopagnosia have insight into their face recognition abilityQuarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.

Ventura, P., Livingston, L. A., & Shah, P. (2018). Adults have moderate-to-good insight into their face recognition ability: Further validation of the 20-item prosopagnosia index (PI20) in a portuguese sampleQuarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology.

Livingston, L.A., Shah, P., & Happé, F. (2018). Compensation in autism is not consistent with social motivation theory. Behavioral and Brain Sciences.

Livingston, L.A., Carr, B., & Shah, P. (2019). Recent advances and new directions in measuring theory of mind in autistic adults. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Shah, P*., Livingston, L. A.*, Callan, M. J., & Player, L. (in press). Trait autism is a better predictor of empathy than alexithymia. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Livingston, L. A., Shah, P., & Happé, F. (in press). Compensatory strategies below the behavioural surface in autism. The Lancet Psychiatry.

Hobbs, C., Vozarova, P., Sabharwal, A., Shah, P., & Button, K. (accepted). Is depression associated with reduced optimistic belief updating? Royal Society Open Science.

Taylor, E. C., Livingston, L. A., Callan, M. J, & Shah, P.  (in press). Divergent contributions of autistic traits to social psychological knowledge. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences

 

 

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Public Engagment

Shah, P., Happe, F., & Bird, G. (2014) The social brain' and its disorders. Brain Awareness Day, King's College, London.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Shah, P. (2014). BSA/EPS Prize Talk: A pessimistic view of optimistic belief updating. British Science Festival, Birmingham.

Shah, P. (2015). Big Picture Prize: A baby’s view of the protofaceThe Psychologist.


Shah, P. (2016). Guide to... you and your baby: Babies love facesThe Psychologist.

Shah, P. (2016). People with autism make more logical decisions. Scientific American.

Shah, P. (2017). Reality in the face of optimism. Wellcome Collection - When Species Meet: Hope, Wellcome Collection, London.

Livingston, L. A. & Shah, P. (2017). How coping mechanisms allow autistic people to manage their condition. The Conversation.

Shah, P. (in press). Face processing and social situations. The Psychologist.

Taylor, E., Livingston, L. A., & Shah, P. (2019). Autism is linked to lower levels of empathy – but that may not be a bad thing. The Conversation.

 

Livingston, L.A., Happé, F., Shah, P. (2019). How autism can be hidden from society using psychological strategies. The Conversation.

Livingston, L.A., Happé, F., Shah, P. (2019). How autistic people use compensatory strategies to cope with daily life. Spectrum.

Shah, P. (2019). Has 'mental health' awareness gone too far? TedXBath.

 

Team

I welcome interest from students/ fellows interested in (social) cognition, autism, neurodevelopmental conditions and, more generally, experimental psychology and mental health. I am also happy to support (good) undergraduate and masters students who are interested in a research rotation. Please send your cv and an email request to p.shah@bath.ac.uk