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Cognition, Autism and Neurodevelopment Laboratory

School of Psychological Science, University of Western Australia

The CANlab is a laboratory located within the School of Psychological Science at the University of Western Australia and is led by Associate Professor Murray Maybery.

The lab currently consists of around 20 researchers including post docs, PhD students and Honours students. A large portion of the research conducted in the lab focuses on the cognitive abilities of individuals diagnosed with autism, or neurotypical individuals reporting high levels of autistic-like traits. Lab members are also involved in investigations relating to sleep quality, atypical sensory sensitivity, hallucinations, schizotypy traits, anxiety and attention.


Bios and research interests of our lab members.



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Research output from lab members.

Recent News

Australasian Society for Autism Research Conference 2018

Australasian Society for Autism Research Conference 2018

Happy New Year! In December last year, a few us attended the Australasian Society for Autism Research (ASfAR) Conference hosted by Griffith University in the sunny Gold Coast, Queensland. Our team presented a broad range of research covering early predictors (e.g.,...

ARC Discovery Project success!

ARC Discovery Project success!

To cap off an already successful year, Murray was successful in securing a Discovery Project grant in the most recent funding round from the Australian Research Council. The successful application was by no means a solo effort, and congratulations are extended to...



Increased facial asymmetry in autism spectrum conditions is associated with symptom presentation

Maryam Boutrus, Syed Zulqarnain Gilani, Gail A Alvares, Murray T Maybery, Diana Weiting Tan, Ajmal Mian, Andrew J O Whitehouse
Autism Research – 2019


A comprehensive psychometric analysis of autism‐spectrum quotient factor models using two large samples: Model recommendations and the influence of divergent traits on total‐scale scores

Michael English, Gilles Gignac, Troy Visser, Andrew J. O. Whitehouse, Murray Maybery
Autism Reseach – 2019


Pre-emptive intervention versus treatment as usual for infants showing early behavioural risk signs of autism spectrum disorder: a single-blind, randomised controlled trial

Andrew J O Whitehouse, Kandice J Varcin, Gail A Alvares, Josephine Barbaro, Catherine Bent, Maryam Boutrus, Lacey Chetcuti, Matthew N. Cooper, Alena Clark, Emma Davidson, Stefanie Dimov, Cheryl Dissanayake, Jane Doyle, Megan Grant, Teresa Iacono, Murray Maybery, Sarah Pillar, Michelle Renton, Catherine Rowbottam, Nancy Sadka & 8 others
The Lancet Child & Adolescent Health – 2019