I currently am a Research Associate at the Autism Research Centre and collaborate with the Geschwind lab at UCLA to work on integrated Neuroimaging and Transcriptomics in order to gain better understanding of genetic underpinnings of atypical neurodevelopment. My work is graciously funded by the Autism Research Trust, Marmaduke Sheild Fund and a Parke Davis Exchange fellowship.
I conducted my PhD in Cambridge between 2013 and 2017, funded by the MRC, Pinsent Darwin Trust, and CHESS (Cambridge Home and EU Scholarship Scheme) studying the effects of oxytocin and testosterone administration on resting state and task neural activation in the typical and autistic brain.
Electrophysiological recording techniques
Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI)
Randomised control trials
Associated News Items
Bethlehem R. A. I., Romero-Garcia R., Mak E., Bullmore E.T., Baron-Cohen S. (2017), “Structural Covariance Networks in Children with Autism or ADHD ” Cerebral Cortex Volume 27, Issue 8, 1, Pages 4267–4276,
Bethlehem R.A.I., Lombardo M.V., Lai M-C., Auyeung B., Crockford S.K., Deakin J., Soubramanian S., Sule A., Kundu P., Voon V., and Baron-Cohen S. (2017), “Intranasal oxytocin enhances intrinsic corticostriatal functional connectivity in women” Translational Psychiatry e1099
Bethlehem RA, Baron-Cohen S, van Honk J, Auyeung B, Bos PA (2014), “The oxytocin paradox.” Front Behav Neurosci 8:48 Details
Bethlehem RA, van Honk J, Auyeung B, Baron-Cohen S (2013), “Oxytocin, brain physiology, and functional connectivity: a review of intranasal oxytocin fMRI studies.” Psychoneuroendocrinology 38(7):962-74 Details
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
Bethlehem RA, Dumoulin SO, Dalmaijer ES, Smit M, Berendschot TT, Nijboer TC, Van der Stigchel S (2014), “Decreased fixation stability of the preferred retinal location in juvenile macular degeneration.” PLoS One 9(6):e100171 Details
Van der Stigchel S, Bethlehem RA (2014), “The contribution of foveal activation to the oculomotor gap effect.” Neurosci Lett 583C:126-129 Details
Van der Stigchel S, Bethlehem RA, Klein BP, Berendschot TT, Nijboer TC, Dumoulin SO (2013), “Macular degeneration affects eye movement behavior during visual search.” Front Psychol 4:579 Details
Van der Stigchel S, de Vries JP, Bethlehem R, Theeuwes J (2011), “A global effect of capture saccades.” Exp Brain Res 210(1):57-65 Details