Nanami Harada

PhD Student


Dr. Atsushi Senju (CBCD, Birkbeck)

Dr. Liz Pellicano (Centre for Autism and Education, Institute of Education)

Research Interests

My PhD is looking at cultural differences and similarities relating to autism and typical development in Japan and the UK.

What we see, think and feel are somewhat influenced by the environments we live in. I am taking culture as an example of an environmental factor and investigating how much people with and without autism are influenced by their culture. With the use of both quantitative (e.g., eye-tracking) and qualitative methods (e.g., interviews), I am aiming to address the following questions:

1. How much does culture influence the ways children with and without autism see the world around them?

2. How much can different cultural norms affect the ways neurotypical individuals understand 'autism'?

3. What are the personal experiences of individuals with autism and their family members?


PhD Psychology

Birkbeck, University of London

2013 - Present

MSc Psychology of Education 

Institute of Education, University of London

2011 - 2012 

BSc Psychology 

Royal Holloway, University of London

2008 - 2011


Harada, N., Longo, M.R., & Pellicano, E. (2013, October). Self-face recognition in adults with autism. Poster presented at the DIVIDNORM workshop, Neuchâtel, Switzerland.

Studentships and Awards

2013-2016: Bloomsbury Colleges Scholarship