Francesca Happe

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Affiliation: King's College London
Country: UK

Publications

  1. pmc "Hunting with a knife and ... fork": examining central coherence in autism, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and typical development with a linguistic task
    Rhonda Booth
    MRC Social, Genetic, and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, London SE5 8AF, UK
    J Exp Child Psychol 107:377-93. 2010
  2. doi request reprint Aging in autism spectrum disorders: a mini-review
    Francesca Happe
    MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King s College London, London, UK
    Gerontology 58:70-8. 2012
  3. doi request reprint Association of autistic-like and internalizing traits during childhood: a longitudinal twin study
    Victoria Hallett
    Social, Genetic, and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, De Crespigny Park, London, SE5 8AF, UK
    Am J Psychiatry 167:809-17. 2010
  4. ncbi request reprint Exploring the relation between prenatal and neonatal complications and later autistic-like features in a representative community sample of twins
    Angelica Ronald
    Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, School of Psychology, Birkbeck College, King s College London, London, UK
    Child Dev 81:166-82. 2010
  5. ncbi request reprint A twin study investigating the genetic and environmental aetiologies of parent, teacher and child ratings of autistic-like traits and their overlap
    Angelica Ronald
    Social Genetic and Developmental, Psychiatry SGDP Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, De Crespigny Park, London, UK
    Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry 17:473-83. 2008
  6. doi request reprint No major effect of twinning on autistic traits
    Sarah Curran
    Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, King s College London, United Kingdom
    Autism Res 4:377-82. 2011
  7. pmc Disentangling weak coherence and executive dysfunction: planning drawing in autism and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
    Rhonda Booth
    Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Research Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King s College London, DeCrespigny Park, Denmark Hill, London SE5 8AF, UK
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 358:387-92. 2003
  8. doi request reprint Pre-conceptual aspects of self-awareness in autism spectrum disorder: the case of action-monitoring
    David Williams
    Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, London, SE 5 8AF, UK
    J Autism Dev Disord 39:251-9. 2009
  9. doi request reprint 'Everyday memory' impairments in autism spectrum disorders
    Catherine R G Jones
    Centre for Research in Autism and Education, Department of Psychology and Human Development, Institute of Education, London, WC1H 0AL, UK
    J Autism Dev Disord 41:455-64. 2011
  10. doi request reprint Relationship between symptom domains in autism spectrum disorders: a population based twin study
    Katharina Dworzynski
    Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King s College London, De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF, UK
    J Autism Dev Disord 39:1197-210. 2009

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Publications51

  1. pmc "Hunting with a knife and ... fork": examining central coherence in autism, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder, and typical development with a linguistic task
    Rhonda Booth
    MRC Social, Genetic, and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, London SE5 8AF, UK
    J Exp Child Psychol 107:377-93. 2010
    ..The Sentence Completion Task was found to be a useful test instrument, capable of tapping local processing bias in a range of populations...
  2. doi request reprint Aging in autism spectrum disorders: a mini-review
    Francesca Happe
    MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King s College London, London, UK
    Gerontology 58:70-8. 2012
    ....
  3. doi request reprint Association of autistic-like and internalizing traits during childhood: a longitudinal twin study
    Victoria Hallett
    Social, Genetic, and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, De Crespigny Park, London, SE5 8AF, UK
    Am J Psychiatry 167:809-17. 2010
    ..The authors examined the longitudinal relationship between autistic-like and internalizing traits across middle to late childhood in a population-representative twin sample...
  4. ncbi request reprint Exploring the relation between prenatal and neonatal complications and later autistic-like features in a representative community sample of twins
    Angelica Ronald
    Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, School of Psychology, Birkbeck College, King s College London, London, UK
    Child Dev 81:166-82. 2010
    ..Differences in identical twins' neonatal problems correlated weakly with their difference scores on autistic-like features (r = .01-.06)...
  5. ncbi request reprint A twin study investigating the genetic and environmental aetiologies of parent, teacher and child ratings of autistic-like traits and their overlap
    Angelica Ronald
    Social Genetic and Developmental, Psychiatry SGDP Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, De Crespigny Park, London, UK
    Eur Child Adolesc Psychiatry 17:473-83. 2008
    ..Genetic overlap was significant but moderate across all raters. These findings are discussed in relation to population screening for autism and future genetic research...
  6. doi request reprint No major effect of twinning on autistic traits
    Sarah Curran
    Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, King s College London, United Kingdom
    Autism Res 4:377-82. 2011
    ..Aim: We sought to determine whether autistic traits and probable disorder, as measured by the Childhood Autism Spectrum Test (CAST), were more pronounced in twins compared to singletons...
  7. pmc Disentangling weak coherence and executive dysfunction: planning drawing in autism and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder
    Rhonda Booth
    Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Research Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King s College London, DeCrespigny Park, Denmark Hill, London SE5 8AF, UK
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 358:387-92. 2003
    ..These findings indicate that weak coherence may indeed be a cognitive style specific to autism and unrelated to cognitive deficits in frontal functions...
  8. doi request reprint Pre-conceptual aspects of self-awareness in autism spectrum disorder: the case of action-monitoring
    David Williams
    Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, London, SE 5 8AF, UK
    J Autism Dev Disord 39:251-9. 2009
    ..Both tasks appear to be reliable markers of underlying action monitoring ability, performance on the 'Self' conditions of each task being significantly associated, independent of verbal ability...
  9. doi request reprint 'Everyday memory' impairments in autism spectrum disorders
    Catherine R G Jones
    Centre for Research in Autism and Education, Department of Psychology and Human Development, Institute of Education, London, WC1H 0AL, UK
    J Autism Dev Disord 41:455-64. 2011
    ..Social and communication ability was significantly associated with prospective remembering in an everyday memory context but not with the CAVLT-2. The complex nature of everyday memory and its relevance to ASD is discussed...
  10. doi request reprint Relationship between symptom domains in autism spectrum disorders: a population based twin study
    Katharina Dworzynski
    Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King s College London, De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF, UK
    J Autism Dev Disord 39:1197-210. 2009
    ..Cross-twin cross-trait correlations suggested small shared genetic effects between RRBIs and other symptoms. These findings from a clinical sample of twins indicate a fractionation of social/communicative and RRBI symptoms in ASD...
  11. ncbi request reprint Performance of children with autism spectrum disorder on advanced theory of mind tasks
    Ella Brent
    Brent Child and Family Clinic, London, UK
    Autism 8:283-99. 2004
    ..They may also indicate a degree of dissociation between social-cognitive and social-perceptual or affective components of the mentalizing system...
  12. doi request reprint Severe mood problems in adolescents with autism spectrum disorder
    Emily Simonoff
    Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, King s College London, Institute of Psychiatry and NIHR Biomedical Research Centre for Mental Health, De Crespigny Park, London, UK
    J Child Psychol Psychiatry 53:1157-66. 2012
    ..SMP in people with autism spectrum disorders (ASDs) have not previously been explored...
  13. doi request reprint A multimodal approach to emotion recognition ability in autism spectrum disorders
    Catherine R G Jones
    Centre for Research in Autism and Education, Department of Psychology and Human Development, Institute of Education, London, UK
    J Child Psychol Psychiatry 52:275-85. 2011
    ..However, experimental investigations of emotion recognition ability in ASD have been equivocal, hampered by small sample sizes, narrow IQ range and over-focus on the visual modality...
  14. ncbi request reprint Aetiological relationship between language performance and autistic-like traits in childhood: a twin study
    Katharina Dworzynski
    MRC Social Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry SGDP Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, London, UK
    Int J Lang Commun Disord 42:273-92. 2007
    ..The basis for this association is poorly understood. How early language is related to each of the triad of impairments characteristic of ASDs is also in need of clarification...
  15. doi request reprint The persistence and stability of psychiatric problems in adolescents with autism spectrum disorders
    Emily Simonoff
    Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, King s College London, Institute of Psychiatry and NIHR Biomedical Research Centre for Mental Health, London, UK
    J Child Psychol Psychiatry 54:186-94. 2013
    ..We use a longitudinal population-representative cohort to examine for the first time the persistence of psychiatric problems and to identify risk factors for their occurrence and stability...
  16. doi request reprint Auditory discrimination and auditory sensory behaviours in autism spectrum disorders
    Catherine R G Jones
    Department of Psychology and Human Development, Institute of Education, London, UK
    Neuropsychologia 47:2850-8. 2009
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  17. ncbi request reprint Individual differences in theory of mind ability in middle childhood and links with verbal ability and autistic traits: a twin study
    Angelica Ronald
    Institute of Psychiatry, King s College London, London, UK
    Soc Neurosci 1:412-25. 2006
    ..The possible neural basis underlying this association is discussed...
  18. ncbi request reprint Executive function deficits in autism spectrum disorders and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder: examining profiles across domains and ages
    Francesca Happe
    MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King s College London, UK
    Brain Cogn 61:25-39. 2006
    ..Within the present groups, the overall findings suggested less severe and persistent EF deficits in ASD (including Asperger Syndrome) than in ADHD...
  19. doi request reprint Brief report: Selective social anhedonia in high functioning autism
    Coralie Chevallier
    Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, MRC, Institute of Psychiatry, King s College London, London, UK
    J Autism Dev Disord 42:1504-9. 2012
    ..Further analyses demonstrate that the degree of social anhedonia correlates with autism severity...
  20. ncbi request reprint Phenotypic and genetic overlap between autistic traits at the extremes of the general population
    Angelica Ronald
    Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King s College London, UK
    J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 45:1206-14. 2006
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  21. ncbi request reprint Autism spectrum disorder and psychopathy: shared cognitive underpinnings or double hit?
    John Rogers
    Institute of Psychiatry, King s College London, UK
    Psychol Med 36:1789-98. 2006
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  22. doi request reprint Salient social cues are prioritized in autism spectrum disorders despite overall decrease in social attention
    Coralie Chevallier
    Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King s College University, London, UK
    J Autism Dev Disord 43:1642-51. 2013
    ..Our data thus suggest that ASD children assign less weight to social than non-social stimuli, but that within social signals, salient stimuli remain prioritized...
  23. doi request reprint Do high-functioning people with autism spectrum disorder spontaneously use event knowledge to selectively attend to and remember context-relevant aspects in scenes?
    Eva Loth
    MRC Social, Genetic, and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King s College London, De Crespigny Park, Denmark Hill, London SE5 8AF, UK
    J Autism Dev Disord 41:945-61. 2011
    ..Gaze-tracking suggests that one factor in these memory differences may be diminished top-down effects of event schemas on initial attention (first ten fixations) to relevant items in ASD...
  24. doi request reprint When seeing depends on knowing: adults with Autism Spectrum Conditions show diminished top-down processes in the visual perception of degraded faces but not degraded objects
    Eva Loth
    MRC Social, Genetic, and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King s College London, De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF, United Kingdom
    Neuropsychologia 48:1227-36. 2010
    ..Implications for future work on the underlying mechanisms, at the cognitive and neurofunctional levels, are discussed...
  25. doi request reprint Relationship between special abilities and autistic-like traits in a large population-based sample of 8-year-olds
    Pedro M Vital
    Social Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry SGDP Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King s College, London, UK
    J Child Psychol Psychiatry 50:1093-101. 2009
    ..The purpose of this study was to investigate the association between special abilities and ASD-like traits...
  26. doi request reprint Reading and arithmetic in adolescents with autism spectrum disorders: peaks and dips in attainment
    Catherine R G Jones
    Department of Psychology and Human Development, Institute of Education, London, UK
    Neuropsychology 23:718-28. 2009
    ..The high rate of uneven academic attainment in ASD has implications for educational practice...
  27. ncbi request reprint The association between social cognition and executive functioning and symptoms of anxiety and depression in adolescents with autism spectrum disorders
    Matthew J Hollocks
    Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Institute of Psychiatry, King s College London, London, United Kingdom
    Autism Res 7:216-28. 2014
    ..This may suggest that poor executive functioning is one factor associated with the high prevalence of anxiety disorder in children and adolescents with ASD...
  28. doi request reprint Variety is not the spice of life for people with autism spectrum disorders: frequency ratings of central, variable and inappropriate aspects of common real-life events
    Eva Loth
    MRC Social, Genetic, and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King s College, De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF, UK
    J Autism Dev Disord 40:730-42. 2010
    ..Implications for the understanding of some repetitive behaviours, such as the tendency to adhere to inflexible routines, are discussed...
  29. doi request reprint Connectivity and the corpus callosum in autism spectrum conditions: insights from comparison of autism and callosal agenesis
    Rhonda Booth
    MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King s College London, London, UK
    Prog Brain Res 189:303-17. 2011
    ..Last, study of AgCC shows that it is possible, in some cases, to develop good social cognitive skills in the absence of the corpus callosum, presenting a challenge to future connectivity models of autism...
  30. doi request reprint Brief report: information processing speed is intact in autism but not correlated with measured intelligence
    Gregory L Wallace
    Social, Genetic, and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King s College, University of London, London, UK
    J Autism Dev Disord 39:809-14. 2009
    ..Though IT was not significantly faster in the ASD group than in the matched control group, the relationship between IT and IQ was uniquely discrepant for the ASD group, partially corroborating and extending previous findings...
  31. pmc A prospective longitudinal study of children's theory of mind and adolescent involvement in bullying
    Sania Shakoor
    MRC Social, Genetic, and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King s College London, London, UK
    J Child Psychol Psychiatry 53:254-61. 2012
    ..It is important for healthy social relationships and thus may contribute towards children's involvement in bullying. The present study investigated whether children involved in bullying during early adolescence had poor ToM in childhood...
  32. doi request reprint "I am sane but he is mad": Insight and illness attributions to self and others in psychosis
    Benjamin D R Wiffen
    Section of Cognitive Neuropsychiatry, Department of Psychosis Studies, Institute of Psychiatry, King s College London, UK
    Psychiatry Res 207:173-8. 2013
    ..There was no support for a 'denial' explanation for lack of insight in these patients...
  33. ncbi request reprint Cognition in autism: one deficit or many?
    Francesca Happe
    Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Research Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, De Crespigny Park, Denmark Hill, London SE5 8AF, UK
    Novartis Found Symp 251:198-207; discussion 207-12, 281-97. 2003
    ..One implication is that searching for the biological bases of specific social and non-social deficits may be more profitable than searching for the aetiology of autism per se...
  34. pmc A case study of a multiply talented savant with an autism spectrum disorder: neuropsychological functioning and brain morphometry
    Gregory L Wallace
    Institute of Psychiatry, Social, Genetic, and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, King s College, University of London, London WC2R 2LS, UK
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 364:1425-32. 2009
    ..g. calendars, art, music) that capitalize upon strengths often associated with ASD, such as detail-focused processing, are probably further enhanced through over-learning and massive exposure, and reflected in atypical brain structure...
  35. doi request reprint The 'fractionable autism triad': a review of evidence from behavioural, genetic, cognitive and neural research
    Francesca Happe
    MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King s College London, London, UK
    Neuropsychol Rev 18:287-304. 2008
    ..We discuss the implications of the fractionable-triad approach for both diagnosis and future research directions...
  36. doi request reprint Investigating the association between autistic-like and internalizing traits in a community-based twin sample
    Victoria Hallett
    Social, Genetic, and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, De Crespigny Park, London SE58AF, UK
    J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 48:618-27. 2009
    ..This study aimed to investigate the phenotypic and etiologic relation between internalizing and autistic-like traits using a community-based twin sample...
  37. ncbi request reprint Genetic heterogeneity between the three components of the autism spectrum: a twin study
    Angelica Ronald
    SGDP Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King s College London, UK
    J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 45:691-9. 2006
    ....
  38. ncbi request reprint A training study of theory of mind and executive function in children with autistic spectrum disorders
    Naomi Fisher
    Department of Psychology, Institute of Psychiatry, King s College, University of London, UK
    J Autism Dev Disord 35:757-71. 2005
    ..No improvement on the executive function tasks was seen in any of the groups. The implications of these findings are discussed...
  39. ncbi request reprint Eye-witness memory and suggestibility in children with Asperger syndrome
    Eamon McCrory
    The Anna Freud Centre, UCL, London, UK
    J Child Psychol Psychiatry 48:482-9. 2007
    ..Extant studies of memory shed limited light on this issue as they involved either laboratory-based tasks or protocols that varied between participants...
  40. pmc Diminished social motivation negatively impacts reputation management: autism spectrum disorders as a case in point
    Coralie Chevallier
    MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King s College London, London, United Kingdom
    PLoS ONE 7:e31107. 2012
    ..Moreover, participants' flattery behaviour correlated with self-reports of social enjoyment. Our findings point to a link between diminished social interest and reputation management...
  41. ncbi request reprint Time to give up on a single explanation for autism
    Francesca Happe
    Francesca Happé, Angelica Ronald and Robert Plomin are at the Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, De Crispigny Park, London SE5 8AF, UK
    Nat Neurosci 9:1218-20. 2006
    ..Twin data suggest largely nonoverlapping genes acting on each of these traits. At the cognitive level, too, attempts at a single explanation for the symptoms of autism have failed. Implications for research and treatment are discussed...
  42. doi request reprint Autism and pitch processing splinter skills: a group and subgroup analysis
    Pamela Heaton
    Goldsmiths College, London, UK
    Autism 12:203-19. 2008
    ..The findings were interpreted within the context of neuroconstructivist models of typical development and delayed language acquisition characteristic of autism and other neurodevelopmental disorders...
  43. doi request reprint What did I say? Versus what did I think? Attributing false beliefs to self amongst children with and without autism
    David M Williams
    Institute of Psychiatry, Kings College London, De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF, UK
    J Autism Dev Disord 39:865-73. 2009
    ..Individuals with autism may have greater difficulty representing their own beliefs than the beliefs of other people...
  44. doi request reprint Intact inner speech use in autism spectrum disorder: evidence from a short-term memory task
    David Williams
    Institute of Psychiatry, King s College London, UK
    J Child Psychol Psychiatry 49:51-8. 2008
    ..This study explored the extent to which children with ASD used inner speech or visual imagery to support recall from short-term memory...
  45. ncbi request reprint The weak coherence account: detail-focused cognitive style in autism spectrum disorders
    Francesca Happe
    Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King s College London, UK
    J Autism Dev Disord 36:5-25. 2006
    ..Local bias appears not to be a mere side-effect of executive dysfunction, and may be independent of theory of mind deficits. Possible computational and neural models are discussed...
  46. ncbi request reprint What causes internalising traits and autistic traits to co-occur in adolescence? A community-based twin study
    Aline Scherff
    Centre for Brain and Cognitive Development, Department of Psychological Sciences, Birkbeck, University of London, 32 Torrington Square, London, WC1E 7JL, UK
    J Abnorm Child Psychol 42:601-10. 2014
    ..A multiple component solution was found for autistic traits and of the derived subscales, autistic-like 'Social Unease' showed the most phenotypic and genetic overlap with internalising traits. ..
  47. ncbi request reprint The genetic relationship between individual differences in social and nonsocial behaviours characteristic of autism
    Angelica Ronald
    Social Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry SGDP Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King s College London, UK
    Dev Sci 8:444-58. 2005
    ..Considering these behaviours separately might help clarify gene-brain-behaviour pathways in future research...
  48. doi request reprint Meta-analysis of gray matter abnormalities in autism spectrum disorder: should Asperger disorder be subsumed under a broader umbrella of autistic spectrum disorder?
    Esther Via
    Department of Psychosis Studies, Institute of Psychiatry, King s College London, London, England
    Arch Gen Psychiatry 68:409-18. 2011
    ..It is unclear whether the current subtyping of ASD into autistic disorder and Asperger disorder is neurobiologically valid...
  49. pmc What aspects of autism predispose to talent?
    Francesca Happe
    MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King s College London, De Crespigny Park, London SE5 8AF, UK
    Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 364:1369-75. 2009
    ..We suggest that detail-focused cognitive style predisposes to talent in savant domains in, and beyond, autism spectrum disorders...
  50. ncbi request reprint Development of the 'Extreme Demand Avoidance Questionnaire' (EDA-Q): preliminary observations on a trait measure for Pathological Demand Avoidance
    Elizabeth O'Nions
    MRC Social, Genetic and Developmental Psychiatry Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King s College London, London, UK
    J Child Psychol Psychiatry 55:758-68. 2014
    ..This study reports the development and preliminary validation of the 'Extreme Demand Avoidance Questionnaire' (EDA-Q), designed to quantify PDA traits based on parent-reported information...
  51. ncbi request reprint The relationship between vocabulary, grammar, and false belief task performance in children with autistic spectrum disorders and children with moderate learning difficulties
    Naomi Fisher
    Psychology Department, SGDP Research Centre, Institute of Psychiatry, King s College, London, UK
    J Child Psychol Psychiatry 46:409-19. 2005
    ....