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Alida Acosta

PhD student

Department of Psychology

Autism Research Group


Thesis title: The role of emotions in social cooperative behavior

Supervisors: Dr Sebastian Gaigg and Dr Stian Reimers

Overview and research interests

Alida's PhD concerns social, emotional and economic decision making in autism.

By using the paradigm of Game Theory her research aims to describe the cognitive mechanisms underlying social cooperative behaviour in order to explain the extent to which ASD behaviour deviates from the patterns followed by non-autistic people.

Research interests

  • Decision making
  • Emotion processing
  • Altruism and cooperation

Alida has an MRes Speech Language and Cognition