Professor Linda Pring

Developmental psychology and neuroscience, including savant syndrome, is central to Linda’s research.

Staff details

Professor Linda Pring


Emeritus Professor




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Academic qualifications

BSc PhD CPsychol AFBPsS

Areas of supervision

Creativity in autistic spectrum disorder

Psychological aspects of visual impairment (associations with autism, children's memory, language, autobiographical memory, braille)

Museum access for people with visual imapirments or autistic spectrum disorders

Publications and research outputs

Edited Book

Pring, Linda, ed. 2004. Autism and Blindness: Research and Reflections. Wiley. ISBN 978-1-86156-444-3

Book Section

Greenaway, Rebecca and Pring, Linda. 2019. Visual Disability. In: Carrie D. Llewellyn; Susan Ayers; Chris McManus; Stanton Newman; Keith J. Petrie; Tracey A. Revenson and John Weinman, eds. Cambridge Handbook of Psychology, Health and Medicine. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 610-611. ISBN 9781316783269

Pring, Linda and Tadić, Valerie. 2010. Cognitive and behavioural manifestations of blindness. In: Ruth Nass and Yitzach Frank, eds. Cognitive and Behavioral Abnormalities of Pediatric Diseases. Oxford: Oxford University Press. ISBN 9780195342680

Pring, Linda. 2008. Memory characteristics in individuals with savant skills. In: Jill Boucher and Dermot Bowler, eds. Memory in Autism. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, pp. 210-230. ISBN 9780521862882


Goddard, Lorna; O'Dowda, Holly and Pring, Linda. 2017. Knowing me, knowing you: Self defining memories in adolescents with and without an autism spectrum disorder. Research in Autism Spectrum Disorders, 37, pp. 31-40. ISSN 1750-9467

Greenaway, R.; Pring, Linda; Schepers, A.; Isaacs, D. P. and Dale, N. J.. 2017. Neuropsychological presentation and adaptive skills in high-functioning adolescents with visual impairment: A preliminary investigation. Applied Neuropsychology: Child, 6(2), pp. 145-157. ISSN 2162-2965

Fryer, Louise; Freeman, Jonathan and Pring, Linda. 2014. Touching words is not enough: How visual experience influences haptic-auditory associations in the "Bouba-Kiki" effect. Cognition, 132(2), pp. 164-173. ISSN 0010-0277


Sheridan, Jill and Pring, Linda. 2007. Mapping Arts, Health and Higher Education Collaborative Projects in London. Project Report. LCACE, London.

Research Interests

My research interests include topics related to Developmental Psychology and Neuroscience, including savant syndrome. I have published research papers on specific learning difficulties including developmental dyslexia, autism, savant talent and cognitive and social aspects of visual impairment. In connection with the latter I have published on a broad variety of issues including autobiographical memories, musical processing, early infancy, Braille reading and raised line and picture recognition. I have advised on museum access in relation to both adults and children with visual impairments and have been working in this field for over 20 years.

In recent years I have been interested in the interface between psychology (cognitive and neuroscience) and the arts for example – museum conference presentations (Art Beyond Sight: Metropolitan Museum of Art 2005/2008), research  (with Sheridan; Mapping Arts, Health and Higher Education Collaborative Projects in London 2007), organizing conferences (e.g.  with Victoria & Albert Museum  and St Dunstans Charity for visual impairment ‘In Touch with Art’, 2007) and teaching (Multimodal approaches to learning. Widening Horizons, Tate Britain 2008).