The University of Texas at Dallas School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Noah J. Sasson

Associate Professor

Research Interests

Specifying cognitive processes in autism that underlie difficulties navigating the social world.

Curriculum Vitae


Email: [email protected]
Phone: 972-883-2541
Office: GR_4.116
Campus Mail Code: GR 41
Website: Development of Social Cognition Lab


Dr. Noah Sasson studies mechanisms of social disability in Autism Spectrum Disorder. He currently is pursuing a large-scale project comparing social cognitive profiles between autism and schizophrenia, and how they relate to general cognition, social behavior, and social functioning. Dr. Sasson’s other work within autism research involves face processing, non-social motivation (i.e., circumscribed interests), eye-tracking, and studies of the Broad Autism Phenotype. More recently, Dr. Sasson has been examining how the perceptions, biases, and responses of non-autistic people contribute to social interaction difficulties in autism. Dr. Sasson earned his bachelor’s degree at Franklin and Marshall College and his PhD at the University of North Carolina.

Recent and Selected Representative Publications

Recent Articles in Peer-Refereed Journals

Sasson, N. J., & Pinkham, A. E. (in press). Exploring the role of social cognition in the relationship between trauma and psychopathology. Biological Psychiatry: Cognitive Neuroscience and Neuroimaging.

Harrop, C., Jones, D., Zheng, S., Nowell, R., Boyd, B., & Sasson, N. J. (in press). Circumscribed interests and attention in autism: the role of biological sex. Journal of Developmental Disorders.

Sasson, N. J. & Morrison, K. E. (in press). First impressions of adults with autism improve with diagnostic disclosure and increased autism knowledge of peers. Autism: the International Journal of Research and Practice.

Harrop, C., Jones, D., Zheng, S., Nowell, R., Boyd, B., & Sasson, N. J. (2018). Sex differences in social attention in autism spectrum disorder. Autism Research, 11, 1264-1275.

Morrison, K. E., Chambers, L. K.*, Faso, D. J., & Sasson, N. J. (2018). The content and function of interests in the broad autism phenotype. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 49, 25 — 33.

Sasson, N. J., Morrison, K. E., Pinkham, A. E., Faso, D. J., & Chmielewski, M. (2018). Adults with autism are less accurate at predicting how their personality traits are evaluated by unfamiliar observers. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 48, 2243 — 2248.

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