Professor Bhismadev Chakrabarti

Bhismadev Chakrabarti

University position

Honorary Senior Researcher


Department of Psychiatry


Autism Research Centre

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Research Themes

Cognitive and Behavioural Neuroscience

Cellular and Molecular Neuroscience


My research group is based at the Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics at the University of Reading. We study emotion perception, empathy, and autism using functional MRI, eye gaze tracking, and psychophysiology. I am happy to consider applications from potential PhD students.

Please visit the lab website ( for an up-to-date list of publications and download links.

striatal response in response to happy faces is dependent on CNR1 genetic variation
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Research Focus




individual differences



Clinical conditions



Behavioural analysis

Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)

Neuropsychological testing




Simon Baron-Cohen

Ed Bullmore

Associated News Items

    Key publications

    Hsu CT, Neufeld J, Chakrabarti B (2017), “Reduced reward related neural response to mimicry in individuals with autism” Eur J Neurosci

    Rudra A, Belmonte MK, Soni PK, Banerjee S, Mukerji S, Chakrabarti B (2017), “Prevalence of autism spectrum disorder and autistic symptoms in a school‐based cohort of children in Kolkata, India” Autism Research

    Ruta L, Famà FI, Bernava GM, Leonardi E, Tartarisco G, Falzone, A., Pioggia G, Chakrabarti B (2017), “Reduced preference for social rewards in a novel tablet based task in young children with Autism Spectrum Disorders.” Sci Rep 7, 3329

    Neufeld J, Chakrabarti B (2016), “Empathy Modulates the Rewarding Effect of Mimicry” Sci Rep 6,27751

    Chakrabarti B, Persico A, Battista N, Maccarrone M (2015), “Endocannabinoid signalling in autism” Neurotherapeutics 12, 4, 837-847



    Chakrabarti B (2017), “Critical considerations for studying low-functioning autism” J Child Psychol Psychiat 58,436-438

    Chakrabarti B, Haffey A, Canzano L, Taylor C, McSorley E (2017), “ Individual differences in responsivity to social rewards: Insights from two eye-tracking tasks” PLOS One 12(10): e0185146

    Hsu CT, Sims TB, Chakrabarti B (2017), “How mimicry influences the neural correlates of reward: an fMRI study” Neuropsychologia

    Lai MC, Lombardo MV, Ruigrok AN, Chakrabarti B, Auyeung B, Szatmari P, Happe F, Baron-Cohen S, MRC AIMS Consortium (2017), “Quantifying and exploring camouflaging in men and women with autism” Autism 21,6,690-702

    O’Connell G, Hsu CT, Christakou A, Chakrabarti B (2017), “Thinking about others and the future: Neural correlates of perspective taking relate to preferences for delayed rewards.” Cog Aff Behav Neurosci


    Neufeld J, Ioannou C, Korb S, Schilbach L, Chakrabarti B (2016), “Spontaneous Facial Mimicry is Modulated by Joint Attention and Autistic Traits” Autism Research 9,781-789

    Panasiti MS, Puzzo I, Chakrabarti B (2016), “Autistic Traits Moderate the Impact of Reward Learning on Social Behaviour” Autism Research 9,471-479

    Rudra A, Ram JR, Loucas T, Belmonte MK, Chakrabarti B (2016), “Bengali translation and characterisation of four cognitive and trait measures for autism spectrum conditions in India” Mol Autism 7 (1), 50


    Auyeung B, Lombardo MV, Heinrichs M, Chakrabarti B, Sule A, Deakin JB, Bethlehem RA, Dickens L, Mooney N, Sipple JA, Thiemann P, Baron-Cohen S (2015), “Oxytocin increases eye contact during a real-time, naturalistic social interaction in males with and without autism.” Transl Psychiatry 5:e507 Details

    Chakraborty A, Chakrabarti B (2015), “Is it me? Self-recognition bias across sensory modalities and its relationship to autistic traits” Mol Autism 6(1), 20

    Di Napoli A, Warrier V, Baron-Cohen S, Chakrabarti B (2015), “Genetic variant rs17225178 in the ARNT2 gene is associated with Asperger Syndrome.” Mol Autism 6:9 Details

    Lai MC, Lombardo MV, Auyeung B, Chakrabarti B, Baron-Cohen S (2015), “Sex/gender differences and autism: setting the scene for future research.” J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 54(1):11-24 Details

    O'Connell G, Christakou A, Chakrabarti B (2015), “The role of simulation in intertemporal choices.” Front Neurosci 9:94 Details

    Trilla Gros I, Panasiti MS, Chakrabarti B (2015), “The plasticity of the mirror system: How reward learning modulates cortical motor simulation of others.” Neuropsychologia 70:255-262 Details


    Baron-Cohen S, Auyeung B, Nørgaard-Pedersen B, Hougaard DM, Abdallah MW, Melgaard L, Cohen AS, Chakrabarti B, Ruta L, Lombardo MV (2014), “Elevated fetal steroidogenic activity in autism.” Mol Psychiatry Details

    Baron-Cohen S, Murphy L, Chakrabarti B, Craig I, Mallya U, Lakatošová S, Rehnstrom K, Peltonen L, Wheelwright S, Allison C, Fisher SE, Warrier V (2014), “A genome wide association study of mathematical ability reveals an association at chromosome 3q29, a locus associated with autism and learning difficulties: a preliminary study.” PLoS One 9(5):e96374 Details

    Chantiluke K, Christakou A, Murphy CM, Giampietro V, Daly EM, Ecker C, Brammer M, Murphy DG, MRC AIMS Consortium, Rubia K (2014), “Disorder-specific functional abnormalities during temporal discounting in youth with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), Autism and comorbid ADHD and Autism.” Psychiatry Res 223(2):113-20 Details

    Di Napoli A, Warrier V, Baron-Cohen S, Chakrabarti B (2014), “Genetic variation in the oxytocin receptor (OXTR) gene is associated with Asperger Syndrome.” Mol Autism 5(1):48 Details

    Durdiaková J, Warrier V, Banerjee-Basu S, Baron-Cohen S, Chakrabarti B (2014), “STX1A and Asperger syndrome: a replication study.” Mol Autism 5(1):14 Details

    Durdiaková J, Warrier V, Baron-Cohen S, Chakrabarti B (2014), “Single nucleotide polymorphism rs6716901 in SLC25A12 gene is associated with Asperger syndrome.” Mol Autism 5(1):25 Details

    Lai MC, Lombardo MV, Ecker C, Chakrabarti B, Suckling J, Bullmore ET, Happé F, MRC AIMS Consortium, Murphy DG, Baron-Cohen S (2014), “Neuroanatomy of Individual Differences in Language in Adult Males with Autism.” Cereb Cortex Details

    Rudra A, Banerjee S, Singhal N, Barua M, Mukerji S, Chakrabarti B (2014), “Translation and usability of autism screening and diagnostic tools for autism spectrum conditions in India.” Autism Res 7(5):598-607 Details

    Sims TB, Neufeld J, Johnstone T, Chakrabarti B (2014), “Autistic traits modulate frontostriatal connectivity during processing of rewarding faces.” Soc Cogn Affect Neurosci Details

    Suckling J, Henty J, Ecker C, Deoni SC, Lombardo MV, Baron-Cohen S, Jezzard P, Barnes A, Chakrabarti B, Ooi C, Lai MC, Williams SC, Murphy DG, Bullmore E, for the MRC AIMS Consortium (2014), “Are power calculations useful? A multicentre neuroimaging study.” Hum Brain Mapp Details

    Wilson CE, Happé F, Wheelwright SJ, Ecker C, Lombardo MV, Johnston P, Daly E, Murphy CM, Spain D, Lai MC, Chakrabarti B, Sauter DA, MRC AIMS Consortium, Baron-Cohen S, Murphy DG (2014), “The Neuropsychology of Male Adults With High-Functioning Autism or Asperger Syndrome.” Autism Res Details


    Chakrabarti B (2013), “Parameterising ecological validity and integrating individual differences within second-person neuroscience.” Behav Brain Sci 36(4):414-5 Details

    Haffey A, Press C, O'Connell G, Chakrabarti B (2013), “Autistic Traits Modulate Mimicry of Social but not Nonsocial Rewards.” Autism Res Details

    Lai MC, Lombardo MV, Chakrabarti B, Baron-Cohen S (2013), “Subgrouping the autism "spectrum": reflections on DSM-5.” PLoS Biol 11(4):e1001544 Details

    Lai MC, Lombardo MV, Suckling J, Ruigrok AN, Chakrabarti B, Ecker C, Deoni SC, Craig MC, Murphy DG, Bullmore ET, MRC AIMS Consortium, Baron-Cohen S (2013), “Biological sex affects the neurobiology of autism.” Brain Details

    O'Connell G, Christakou A, Haffey AT, Chakrabarti B (2013), “The role of empathy in choosing rewards from another's perspective.” Front Hum Neurosci 7:174 Details

    Warrier V, Baron-Cohen S, Chakrabarti B (2013), “Genetic variation in GABRB3 is associated with Asperger syndrome and multiple endophenotypes relevant to autism.” Mol Autism 4(1):48 Details


    Ecker C, Suckling J, Deoni SC, Lombardo MV, Bullmore ET, Baron-Cohen S, Catani M, Jezzard P, Barnes A, Bailey AJ, Williams SC, Murphy DG, MRC AIMS Consortium (2012), “Brain anatomy and its relationship to behavior in adults with autism spectrum disorder: a multicenter magnetic resonance imaging study.” Arch Gen Psychiatry 69(2):195-209 Details

    Lai MC, Lombardo MV, Chakrabarti B, Ecker C, Sadek SA, Wheelwright SJ, Murphy DG, Suckling J, Bullmore ET, MRC AIMS Consortium, Baron-Cohen S (2012), “Individual differences in brain structure underpin empathizing-systemizing cognitive styles in male adults.” Neuroimage 61(4):1347-54 Details

    Lai MC, Lombardo MV, Ruigrok AN, Chakrabarti B, Wheelwright SJ, Auyeung B, Allison C, MRC AIMS Consortium, Baron-Cohen S (2012), “Cognition in males and females with autism: similarities and differences.” PLoS One 7(10):e47198 Details

    Lombardo MV, Ashwin E, Auyeung B, Chakrabarti B, Lai MC, Taylor K, Hackett G, Bullmore ET, Baron-Cohen S (2012), “Fetal programming effects of testosterone on the reward system and behavioral approach tendencies in humans.” Biol Psychiatry 72(10):839-47 Details

    Lombardo MV, Ashwin E, Auyeung B, Chakrabarti B, Taylor K, Hackett G, Bullmore ET, Baron-Cohen S (2012), “Fetal testosterone influences sexually dimorphic gray matter in the human brain.” J Neurosci 32(2):674-80 Details

    Lombardo MV, Chakrabarti B, Lai MC, MRC AIMS Consortium, Baron-Cohen S (2012), “Self-referential and social cognition in a case of autism and agenesis of the corpus callosum.” Mol Autism 3(1):14 Details

    Sims TB, Van Reekum CM, Johnstone T, Chakrabarti B (2012), “How reward modulates mimicry: EMG evidence of greater facial mimicry of more rewarding happy faces.” Psychophysiology 49(7):998-1004 Details

    Tavassoli T, Auyeung B, Murphy LC, Baron-Cohen S, Chakrabarti B (2012), “Variation in the autism candidate gene GABRB3 modulates tactile sensitivity in typically developing children.” Mol Autism 3(1):6 Details


    Baron-Cohen S, Lombardo MV, Auyeung B, Ashwin E, Chakrabarti B, Knickmeyer R (2011), “Why are autism spectrum conditions more prevalent in males?” PLoS Biol 9(6):e1001081 Details

    Chakrabarti B, Baron-Cohen S (2011), “Variation in the human Cannabinoid Receptor (CNR1) gene modulates gaze duration for happy faces.” Mol Autism 2(1):10 Details

    Lai MC, Lombardo MV, Pasco G, Ruigrok AN, Wheelwright SJ, Sadek SA, Chakrabarti B, MRC AIMS Consortium, Baron-Cohen S (2011), “A behavioral comparison of male and female adults with high functioning autism spectrum conditions.” PLoS One 6(6):e20835 Details

    Lombardo MV, Chakrabarti B, Bullmore ET, MRC AIMS Consortium, Baron-Cohen S (2011), “Specialization of right temporo-parietal junction for mentalizing and its relation to social impairments in autism.” Neuroimage 56(3):1832-8 Details

    Ruta L, Ingudomnukul E, Taylor K, Chakrabarti B, Baron-Cohen S (2011), “Increased serum androstenedione in adults with autism spectrum conditions.” Psychoneuroendocrinology Details


    Chura LR, Lombardo MV, Ashwin E, Auyeung B, Chakrabarti B, Bullmore ET, Baron-Cohen S (2010), “Organizational effects of fetal testosterone on human corpus callosum size and asymmetry.” Psychoneuroendocrinology 35(1):122-32 Details

    Lai MC, Lombardo MV, Chakrabarti B, Sadek SA, Pasco G, Wheelwright SJ, Bullmore ET, Baron-Cohen S, MRC AIMS Consortium, Suckling J (2010), “A shift to randomness of brain oscillations in people with autism.” Biol Psychiatry 68(12):1092-9 Details

    Lombardo MV, Chakrabarti B, Bullmore ET, Sadek SA, Pasco G, Wheelwright SJ, Suckling J, MRC AIMS Consortium, Baron-Cohen S (2010), “Atypical neural self-representation in autism.” Brain 133(Pt 2):611-24 Details

    Lombardo MV, Chakrabarti B, Bullmore ET, Wheelwright SJ, Sadek SA, Suckling J, Baron-Cohen S (2010), “Shared neural circuits for mentalizing about the self and others.” J Cogn Neurosci 22(7):1623-35 Details


    Baron-Cohen S, Ashwin E, Ashwin C, Tavassoli T, Chakrabarti B (2009), “Talent in autism: hyper-systemizing, hyper-attention to detail and sensory hypersensitivity.” Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci 364(1522):1377-83 Details

    Chakrabarti B, Dudbridge F, Kent L, Wheelwright S, Hill-Cawthorne G, Allison C, Banerjee-Basu S, Baron-Cohen S (2009), “Genes related to sex steroids, neural growth, and social-emotional behavior are associated with autistic traits, empathy, and Asperger syndrome.” Autism Res 2(3):157-77 Details


    Chakrabarti B, Baron-Cohen S (2006), “Empathizing: neurocognitive developmental mechanisms and individual differences.” Prog Brain Res 156:403-17 Details

    Chakrabarti B, Bullmore E, Baron-Cohen S (2006), “Empathizing with basic emotions: common and discrete neural substrates.” Soc Neurosci 1(3-4):364-84 Details

    Chakrabarti B, Kent L, Suckling J, Bullmore E, Baron-Cohen S (2006), “Variations in the human cannabinoid receptor (CNR1) gene modulate striatal responses to happy faces.” Eur J Neurosci 23(7):1944-8 Details