ARC milestones


2016: Raised awareness about autism and employment (BBC2 Employable Me).

2015: Demonstrating oxytocin increases eye-contact in autism.

2015: Identifying elevated fetal steroid hormones in children who later develop autism.


2014: First meta-analysis of typical sex differences in brain structure.

2014: Confirming GABRB3 as a key gene in autism.

2014: Molecular genetic study links mathematical ability and autism.

2013: Identifying synaesthesia is more common in autism.

2013: Opening of the Chitra Sethia Autism Centre, Cambridgeshire.

2012: Linking FT to regional gray matter volume and functional activity in the typical brain.

2011: Development of ‘red flags’ for autism (short AQs).

2011: Elevated rates of autism linked to an IT-rich city (Eindhoven).

2011: Zero Degrees of Empathy (Penguin)

2011: Linking elevated androstenedione to autism

2011: Elevated autistic traits linked to female-to-male transsexuals


2010: Autism and Asperger Syndrome: The Facts (OUP)

2009: Establishing autism as 1% of the population

2009: Linking FT to autistic traits

2007: The Transporters (DVD) (

2006: The Adolescent AQ

2006: Benefits of emotion recognition training demonstrated

2006: Linking FT to empathy and systemizing

2006: Role of Cannabinoid Receptor Gene (CNR1) in emotion perception and neural activity

2006: The broader autism phenotype in parents using fMRI

2006: The 'Assortative Mating/hyper-systemizing' theory of autism

2005: Development of a diagnostic method for adults with Asperger Syndrome     (Adult Asperger Assessment (AAA))

2005: The EMB theory at the biological level (Science)

2005: Linking FT to social development and narrow interests

2005: Dysconnectivity with amygdala in autism demonstrated


2004: 'Prenatal Testosterone in Mind' (MIT Press)

2003: Mind Reading DVD for teaching emotion recognition (

2003: The Empathy Quotient (EQ) and Systemizing Quotient (SQ)

2003: The Essential Difference (Penguin)

2003: Amygdala lesions impair ToM demonstrated

2002: The prenatal testosterone theory of autism

2002: The 'empathizing-systemizing (E-S)' theory of sex differences

2002: Linking foetal testosterone (FT) to eye-contact and vocabulary development

2002: The 'extreme male brain' (EMB) theory of autism

2001: Dimensionalizing autistic traits on the Autism Spectrum Quotient (AQ)

2001: Linking mathematical talent to AQ

2001: Prevalence of Asperger Syndrome in childhood reported as 1 in 166.

2001: Understanding Other Minds-Second edition (OUP)

2001: The Reading the Mind in the Eyes Test - Revised

2000: Establishment of the Cambridge Lifespan Asperger Syndrome Service (CLASS)

2000: Neonatal sex differences in social interest


1999: Establishing the rate of Tourette Syndrome in autism

1999: The amygdala theory of the brain basis of ToM in autism

1999: Reliability of early diagnosis of autism established

1998: Superior attention to detail in autism demonstrated

1997: The extreme male brain (EMB) theory of autism

1997: Teaching children with autism to mind-read (Wiley).

1997: The broader autism phenotype identified in parents

1997: Autism linked to parents or siblings who are high 'systemizers'

1997: The Reading the Mind in the Eyes Test

1996: Population study of the CHAT

1995: Mindblindness (MIT Press).


1994: The orbito-frontal cortex (OFC) theory of the brain basis of ToM in autism

1993: Understanding Other Minds (OUP)

1992: Gaze-direction as a cue to ToM identified

1992: Lowering the age of diagnosis of autism to 18 months old in 'baby sibs' using           the Checklist for Autism in Toddlers (CHAT)


1989: Joint-attention recognized as a key developmental precursor to ToM

1989: The 'specific developmental delay' hypothesis of autism

1988: Pragmatic impairment demonstrated

1987: Pretend play deficits demonstrated

1985: The 'theory of mind' (ToM) hypothesis of autism

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