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Jon Brock

Macquarie Centre for Cognitive Science, Macquarie University, Sydney, NSW


Phone: (02) 9850 6869



Research Interests: autism, language impairment, Williams syndrome, Down syndrome, brain connectivity, face processing, motor coordination, auditory and visual perception, research methods

Prior to coming to Australia, I worked on a number of autism-related projects in the UK. While completing my PhD at Warwick University, I conducted a study with Lewis Bott, looking at perceptual categorization in adults with Asperger syndrome. I also worked with Caroline Brown on a study using EEG to investigate brain responses of children with autism to visual illusions. Subsequently, I worked with Kate Nation and Courtenay Norbury at Oxford University on a project using eye-tracking to investigate language comprehension and social attention in adolescents with autism.

Recently, I began working on a project with Blake Johnson and Genevieve McArthur, looking at cognitive and neural correlates of language impairment in autism. The aim is to investigate variability in linguistic skills within autism as well as the overlap with specific language impairment. In this way, we hope to identify and link causal mechanisms at the cognitive and neural levels.

I am currently supervising two PhD students investigating different aspects of autism. Ellie Wilson (co-supervised by Romina Palermo) is investigating face-processing skills, while Tommy Ng (primary supervisor, Blake Johnson) is looking at motor coordination.

Selected Publications:

Norbury, C.F., Brock, J., Cragg, L., Einav, S., Griffiths, H., & Nation, K. (In Press). Eye-movement patterns are associated with communicative competence in autistic spectrum disorders. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

Brock, J., Einav, S., & Riby, D. (2008). The other end of the spectrum? Social cognition in Williams syndrome. In T. Striano & V. Reid (Eds.), Social cognition: Development, neuroscience and autism (pp. 281-300). Oxford: Blackwell.

Brock, J., Norbury, C. F., Einav, S., & Nation, K. (2008). Do individuals with autism process words in context? Evidence from language-mediated eye-movements. Cognition.

Langdon, R. & Brock, J. (2008). Hypo- or hyper-mentalizing: It all depends upon what one means by "mentalizing". Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 31, 274-275.

Rippon, G., Brock, J., Brown, C.C., & Boucher, J. (2007). Disordered connectivity in the autistic brain: challenges for the 'new psychophysiology'. International Journal of Psychophysiology, 63, 164-172.

Bott, L., Brock, J., Brockdorff, N., Boucher, J., & Lamberts, K. (2006). Perceptual similarity in autism. Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, 59A, 1237-1254.

Brown, C.C., Gruber, T., Boucher, J., Rippon, G., & Brock, J. (2005). Gamma abnormalities during perception of illusory figures in autism. Cortex, 41, 364-376.

Jarrold, C., & Brock, J. (2004). To match or not to match? Methodological issues in autism-related research. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 34, 81-86.

Brock, J., Brown, C.C., Boucher, J., & Rippon, G. (2002). The temporal binding deficit hypothesis of autism. Development and Psychopathology, 14, 209-224.