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Alexander Wilson


Children's Communication Impairments (Bishop Lab)

My focus is language and communication. I am fascinated by how we use and understand language flexibly in social situations. Social communication is key to our everyday lives, and is a complex process depending on skills across a number of domains, including grammar and vocabulary skills, pragmatics, and social cognition. 

In my DPhil supervised by Prof. Dorothy Bishop, I am looking at the skills individuals need to understand conversation, how these skills might inter-relate, and how we might measure them with precision. In my research, I am interested in how such conversational skills vary across the general population and how they develop across childhood. I am also investigating the extent to which they might or might not account for some of the communication challenges experienced by autistic children and adults.