Humour plays a key role in social interaction, including the formation and maintenance of interpersonal healthy relationships. It is also important for the affective and socio-cognitive development of young children. We are investigating humour understanding in order to develop interventions to help children who are confused by joking and humour.

We are currently looking for children with ASD (aged 7 to 10 years old) as well as children and adults with Down syndrome (aged 9 to 30 years old). 
Taking part would involve for our researcher Erica to come to your home or your child's school for a visit. During this visit you/your child will be asked to watch some videos and complete two short pen-and-paper tasks. At the end you/your child will receive a voucher for participating in our research.
If you or your child would like to take part, please do not hesitate to contact us:



This project is a collaboration between Dr Harry Purser, Prof Michael Thomas, and Dr Jo Van Herwegen and is funded by a the British Academy/Leverhulme Trust