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Professor Melissa Allen

BA(Johns H.), MA(NYU), PhD(NYU)

  • BS8 1JA


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Research interests

My research broadly focuses on symbolic understanding and language development in chilldren with Autism Spectrum Disorder and typically developing children. I study how children learn pictures and words as symbols, and the factors that mediate this process (e.g. social-pragmatic and intentional cues, associative learning).  I'm also interested in learning and engagment from digital technology and storybooks, linguistic alignment, children's drawings, and other issues of typical and atypical cognitive development.

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Allen, M.


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Research Output

  • 34 Article (Academic Journal)
  • 13 Other Conference Contribution
  • 9 Chapter in a book

Can drawings facilitate symbolic understanding of figurative language in children?

Allen, M. L. & Butler, H., 25 Mar 2020, In : British Journal of Developmental Psychology.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

  • Narrative Comprehension and Engagement with E-Books vs Paper-Books in Autism Spectrum Condition

    Wainwright, B., Allen, M. & Cain, K., 14 Apr 2020, In : Autism and Developmental Language Impairments.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 32 Downloads (Pure)

    Symbolic Understanding and Word-Picture-Referent Mapping from iPads in Autism Spectrum Condition: The Roles of Iconicity and Engagement

    Wainwright, B. R., Allen, M. L. & Cain, K., 8 Feb 2020, In : Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 2020, 6 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle (Academic Journal)

    Open Access
  • 39 Downloads (Pure)