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Beirl, D., Rogers, Y. & Yuill, N. (2019) Using Voice Assistant Skills In Family Life. Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning conference, Lyon, June 2019.

Yuill, N., Beirl, D. & Rogers, Y. (2019) Children’s Perceptions of and Interactions with the Voice Assistant Alexa in the Family Home. ICPS conference, Paris, March 2019.




Glass, D., & Yuill., N. (2018). Shared Spaces: The Benefits of Working Collaboratively on Social Motor Synchronisation for Minimally Verbal Children with Autism Spectrum Conditions. In Proceedings of the 17th ACM Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC '18). ACM, New York, NY, USA.


Holt, S., & Parry, J. A. (2018). Parent‐reported experience of using a real‐time text messaging service for dental appointments for children and young people with autism spectrum conditions: A pilot study. Special Care in Dentistry.


Carr, A., Slade, L., Yuill, N., Sullivan, S. & Ruffman, T. (2018) Minding the children: a longitudinal study of mental state talk, theory of mind and behavioural adjustment from age 3 to age 10. Social Development. ISSN 0961-205X (Accepted)

Lechelt, Z., Rogers, Y., YuillN.,  Nagl, L;, Ragone, G. &  Marquardt, N. (2018) Inclusive Computing in Special Needs Classrooms: Designing for All. CHI conference, Montreal, April 2018.

Yuill, N. & Little, S. (2018) Thinking or feeling? An exploratory study of maternal scaffolding, child mental state talk and emotion understanding in language-impaired and typically-developing school-aged children. British Journal of Educational Psychology.

Leith, G., Yuill, N. & Pike, A. (2018) Scaffolding under the Microscope: Applying Self-Regulation and Other-Regulation Perspectives to a Scaffolded Task. British Journal of Educational Psychology.

Branigan, H., Yuill, N. & Hopkins, Z. (2018) Social exclusion increases spontaneous lexical alignment in children's dialogue.  Architectures and Mechanisms of Language Processing- Asia.


Hopkins, Z., Yuill, N. & Branigan, H. (2017) Inhibitory control and lexical alignment in children with an autism spectrum disorder. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry.

Yuill, N. & Martin, A. (2017) Curling up with a good e-book: Mother-child shared story reading on screen or paper affects embodied interaction and warmth. Frontiers in Developmental Psychology.

Holt, S. & Yuill, N. (2017) Tablets for two: how dual tablets can facilitate other-awareness and communication in learning-disabled children with autism. International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction.

Bonnett, V., Yuill, N. & Carr, A. (2017) Mathematics, Mastery and Metacognition: How adding a creative approach can support children in maths. Special Issue of Educational and Child Psychology, 34 (1)

Brosnan, M., Holt, S., Yuill, N., Good, J. & Parsons, S. (2017). Beyond autism and technology: lessons from neurodiverse populations. Journal of Enabling Technologies, 11(2), 43-48.

Parsons, S., Yuill, N., Brosnan, M., & Good, J. (2017). Interdisciplinary perspectives on designing, understanding and evaluating digital technologies for autism. Journal of Enabling Technologies, 11(1).



Good, J., Brosnan, M., Parsons, S. & Yuill, N. (2016) Virtual reality and robots for autism: moving beyond the screen. Journal of Assistive Technologies.

Parsons, S., Yuill, N., Good, J., Brosnan, M., Austin, L., Singleton, C., Bossavit, B. and Barnabear,, 2016. What technology for autism needs to be invented? Idea generation from the autism community via the ASCmeI.T. App. In: Miesenberger, K., Buhler, C. and Penaz, P., eds. 15th International Conference on Computers Helping People with Special Needs, ICCHP 2016, 2016-07-13 - 2016-07-15. Springer Verlag, pp. 343-350.

Good, J., Yuill, N. Parsons, S., Brosnan, M. & Austin, L (2016) , Putting Technology Design into the Hands of the Users with the ASCmeI.T. app. CHI workshop Beyond Assistance and Intervention (May).

Brosnan, M., Parsons, S., Good, J., & Yuill, N. (2016). How can participatory design inform the design and development of innovative technologies for autistic communities? Journal of Assistive Technologies, 10(2).


Yuill, N., Parsons, S., Good, J., & Brosnan, M. (2015). Knowing me, knowing you: perspectives on awareness in autism. Journal of Assistive Technologies, 9(4).

Hopkins, Z, Yuill, N & Keller, B. (2015) Children with autism align syntax in natural conversation. Applied Psycholinguistics, 1-24.

Parsons, S., Yuill, N., Brosnan, M. & Good, J.(2015). Innovative technologies for autism: Critical reflections on digital bubbles. Journal of Assistive Technologies, 9, 2.

Leith, G., Yuill, N. & Pike, A.  (2015). Social, environmental and individual correlates on 5-6 year olds’ school adjustment. Society for Research in Child Development biennial meeting, Philadelphia, USA.

Leith, G., Pike, A. & Yuill, N. (2015). Mother's and child's positive affect during homework in the first school year: Correlates with personality, attitude and context factors. Jean Piaget Society annual meeting, Toronto, Canada.


Hopkins, Z., Yuill, N. & Keller, B. (2014) Languahe alignment in children with autism is not an experiemental artefact. 5th UK Cognitive Linguistics conference, University of Lancaster.

Yuill, N. (2014) Going along with or taking along with: a cooperation continuum in autism? Frontiers in Psychology, 5 Open Access. Also published as part of di Paolo, E. & de Jaegher, H. (Eds) Towards an embodied science of intersubjectivity: Widening the scope of social understanding research.

Holt, S & Yuill, N (2014) Facilitating Other-Awareness in Low-Functioning Children with Autism and Typically-Developing Preschoolers Using Dual-Control Technology Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 44, 236-248.

Yuill, N, Hinske, S., Williams, S.E. & Leith, G. (2014) How getting noticed helps getting on: Successful attention capture doubles children's cooperative play. Frontiers in Psychology, 5, 418. (OPEN ACCESS)


Borbely, T. & Yuill, N. (2013) Inhibitory control is a prerequisite of cooperation in children with high-functioning autism  BPS Cognitive and Developmental Sections conference. Reading University, September 2013

Holt, S. & Yuill, N. (2013)  Investigating collaboration in children with autism using a multi-touch tabletop computer, BPS Cognitive and Developmental Sections conference. Reading University, September 2013

Rogers, Y., Yuill, N. & Marshall, P. (2013) Contrasting lab-based and in-the-wild studies for evaluating multi-user technologies. Sage Handbook of Digital Technology Research.

Hopkins, Z. & Yuill, N. (2013) Mirror Talk: Alignment in the natural conversations of children with autism  BPS Cognitive and Developmental Sections conference. Reading University, September 2013

Leith, G. & Yuill, N. (2013) Mother-child affection, but not conflict, predicts the dyad's self- and other-regulation BPS Cognitive and Developmental Sections conference. Reading University, September 2013

Little, S. & Yuill, N (2013) Does Sensory Over-Responsivity account for the anxiety experienced in autism? BPS Cognitive and Developmental Sections conference. Reading University, September 2013

Oakhill, Jane, Yuill, Nicola and Garnham, Alan (2013) The differential relations between verbal, numerical and spatial working memory abilities and children’s reading comprehension. International Electronic Journal of Elementary Education , 4 (1). pp. 83-106.

Yuill, N. (2013) Capturing attention with a technology-augmented toy stimulates children’s cooperative play.BPS Cognitive and Developmental Sections conference. Reading University, September 2013

Yuill, N.Rogers, Y & Rick, J. (2013) Pass the iPad: collaborative creating and sharing in family groups. Proceedings of the 2013 ACM annual conference on Human factors in computing systems, 941-950.


Farr, W., Yuill, N., & Hinske, S. (2012). An autmented toy and social interaction in children with autism. International Journal of Arts and Technology, 5, 104-125.

Yuill, N. & Rogers,Y. (2012) Mechanisms for Collaboration: A Design  and Evaluation Framework for Multi-User Interfaces. Transactions of  Human-Computer Interaction.


Rick, J., Marshall, P. and Yuill, N. (2011). Beyond one-size-fits-all: How interactive tabletops support collaborative learning. In Proceedings  of IDC 2011, to appear. ACM Press.

Yuill, N., Rogers, Y. and Rick, J. (2011). Pass the iPad: Comparing  collaboration on paper and screen. Position paper for "Next Generation  of HCI and Education" workshop, CHI 2011, Vancouver.


Bonnett. V., Carr. A., Yuill. N., Luckin. R. and Avramides.   K. (2010). Success from failure: How Learning Goal Orientation influences perseverance during an interactive science task. Poster presented at Jean Piaget Society Conference, St. Louis. USA.

Carr. A., Yuill.N. and Slade.L. (2010). Mother mental state talk at age 3 predicts children's emotional and behavioral difficulties at age 8. Paper presented at Jean Piaget Society Conference, St. Louis. USA

Farr, W., Yuill, N. & Raffle, H. (2010) Social  benefits of a tangible user interface for children with Autistic Spectrum Conditions. Autism,14, 3, 237-252.

Farr, W. and Yuill, N. (2010) Tangible technology: Collaborative benefits for autism. Autism: the International Journal of Theory and Practice, to appear.

Fleck, R. and Fitzpatrick, G. (2010) Reflecting on reflection: framing a design landscape. Proceedings of OZCHI 2010, November 22-26, 2010, Brisbane, Australia.

Fleck, R., Yuill, N., Bonnett, V., Rick, J., Marshall, P., Rogers, Y. (2010) Mysteries  of collaboration: Supporting family collaboration with shareable technology. Poster presented at BPS Developmental Section Annual Conference,  Goldsmith's College, London.

Holt,  S. & Yuill, N. (2010)When being wrong is right! Effect of adult  or child partner on children's awareness of the other in social interactions in dual and single-user PC tasks. Poster presented at BPS Developmental  Section Annual Conference, Goldsmith's College, London.

Yuill, N. (2010) Playing music to a cow: Using shareable technology to investigate and support collaboration between generations. Poster workshop, BPS Developmental Section Annual Conference, Goldsmith's College, London.

Yuill, N., Rogers, Y., Bonnett, V. (2010) Families in flocks: Intergenerational sharing in a tabletop game illustrating   Tragedy of the Commons. Poster presented at BPS Developmental Section Annual Conference, Goldsmith's College, London.


Bonnett, V, Carr, A., Yuill, N. & Luckin, R. (2009) What eats  herons? How mastery- and performance-oriented children seek help in an interactive science task. BPS Developmental Section Conference, Nottingham, September 2009.

Carr, A. & Yuill, N. (2009) How interactive tabletops affect self-regulation  and joint attention in children's collaborative problem-solving. BPS Developmental Section Conference, Nottingham, September 2009.

Farr, W.; Raffle, H. and Yuill, N. (2009) Collaborative Benefits of a Tangible Interface for Autistic Children. In Proceedings of the Workshop on Tangibles for Children, CHI '09, 4 April, 2009, Boston, USA, pp1-4.

Fleck, R., Fitzpatrick, G. (2009) Teachers' and Tutors' Social Reflection around SenseCam Images. To appear in International Journal of Human Computer Studies: Special Issue on Photo Practices. DOI

Fleck, R., Rogers, Y., Yuill, N., Marshall, P., Carr, A., Rick, J., Bonnett, V., (2009) Unpacking Collaboration Around the Tabletop: Implications for Collaborative Learning, to be presented at ACM International Conference  on Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces (ITS) 2009, November 23-25, Banff, Canada.

Harris, A., Bonnett, V., Luckin, R., Yuill, N., Avramides, K. (2009).  Scaffolding effective help-seeking behaviour in mastery and performance oriented learners. In Proceedings of the 14th International Conference  on Artificial Intelligence in Education, Brighton, UK.

Harris, A., Rick, J., Bonnett, V., Yuill, N., Fleck, R & Rogers, Y. (2009) Around the Table: Are multiple-touch surfaces better than single-touch for children's collaborative interactions? To appear  in the proceedings of Computer Supported Collaborative Learning 09. Rhodes, Greece. pp335-344.

Harris, A., Yuill, N., Marshall, P., Fleck, R., Rick, J. & Rogers, Y. (2009) Using novel technology to support children's collaborative interaction during a planning task. Paper presented at The Society for Research in Child Development Biennial Meeting 2009. Denver. Presentation          

Holt, S. (2009) Using joint control software to assess active awareness of other in children with autism. Presented at the BPS Developmental Section conference, Nottingham Trent University.

Marshall, P., Fleck, R., Harris, A. Rick, J., Hornecker, E., Rogers, Y., Yuill, N. and Dalton, N. S. (2009) Fighting for Control: Children's  Embodied Interactions When Using Physical and Digital Representations. In Proceedings of CHI 2009, Boston. pp 2149-2152.

Rick, J., Rogers, Y., Haig, C., and Yuill, N. (2009). Learning by doing with shareable interfaces. Children, Youth and Environments,19(1).

Yuill, N. (2009). The relation between ambiguity understanding and metalinguistic discussion of joking in good and poor comprehenders: potential for intervention and possible processes of change. First Language (Special Issue) 29, 65-79.

Yuill, N., Pearce, D., Kerawalla, L., Harris, A. & Luckin, R. (2009).  How Technology for Comprehension Training Can Support Conversation towards the Joint Construction of Meaning. Journal of Research in Reading, 32, 1, 109-125.

Yuill, N., Harris, A., Bonnett, V., Rick, J., Fleck, R., Marshall, P. Rogers, Y. (2009) The 'I did it!' bias in multi-touch tabletops:  When equity is not enough. Tabletop4Learning Conference, part of STELLAR  workshop, Garmisch-Partenkirchen, December 2-3, 2009.

Yuill, N., Pearce, D., Kerawalla, C., Harris, A. & Luckin, R. (2009) How technology for comprehension training can support conversation towards the joint construction of meaning. Journal of Research in Reading. Vol 32 (1) pp 109-125.


Farr, W. & Yuill, N. (2008). Educational benefits for Autism from a Tangible User Interface (TUI). Presented at the BPS Education  Section conference, Milton Keynes.

Farr, W. & Yuill, N. (2008). Using IT to enhance collaboration in autism. Presented at the BPS Developmental Section conference, Oxford Brookes University.

Farr, W. Raffle, H. and Yuill, N. (2008) Tangible Interface Technology to aid collaboration in Individuals with Autism. Shareable Interfaces for Learning Workshop. Sussex University Creativity Zone, 11-12 Sept. 2008.

Harris, A. & Pike, A. (2008) Implicit theories of personality: their role in sibling and parent-child relationships. Paper presented  at The British Psychological Society Developmental Section Conference,Oxford Brookes.

Harris, A. , Yuill, N. & Fleck, R. (2008). Supporting peer collaboration   in the classroom through novel technology. Presented at the BPS Developmental Section conference, Oxford Brookes University.

Harris, A. Yuill, N & Luckin, R. (2008) The influence of context-specific  and dispositional achievement goals on children's paired collaborative interaction. The British Journal of Educational Psychology. Vol 78  (3) pp. 355-374.

Harris, A., Bonnett, V., Fleck, R., Yuill, N., Marshall, P, Rick, J. & Rogers, Y. (2008) The role of multiple versus single touch  input on children's collaborative participation. Presented at the   BPS Education Section conference, Milton Keynes.

Holt, S. & Yuill, N. (2008). Facilitating social interaction and awareness of a partner in children with Autistic Spectrum Conditions:  Effects of a dual control paradigm. Presented at the BPS Developmental Section conference, Oxford Brookes University.

Kerawalla, L., Pearce, D., Yuill, N., Luckin, R., & Harris, A.(2008) "I'm keeping those there, are you?" The role of a new user interface paradigm - Separate Control of Shared Space (SCOSS) - in the collaborative decision-making process, Computers and Education, 50(1) p193-206

Marzouq, S. & Yuill, N. (2008). The role of social context in  influencing children's learning motivation in a collaborative task.Presented at the BPS Education Section conference, Milton Keynes.

Wheeler, Z., Yuill, N. & Pike, A. (2008). Relationship quality, adjustment and autistic characteristics in younger siblings of children  with Autism Spectrum Conditions. Presented at the BPS Developmental  Section conference, Oxford Brookes University.

Yuill, N. (2008) The role of gestures in disambiguating meaning: relation to language comprehension skill. Presented at the BPS Developmental Section conference, Oxford Brookes University.

Yuill, N. (2008). Visiting Joke City: How can talking about jokes   foster metalinguistic awareness in poor comprehenders? In D. McNamara  (Ed.) Reading Comprehension Strategies: Theories, Interventions and  Technologies. LEA. Pp. 325-345.

Yuill, N., Kerawalla, C., Pearce, D., Luckin, A. & Harris, A. 2008). Using technology to teach flexibility through peer discussion. In K.E.Cartwright (Ed.), Flexibility in literacy processes and instructional  practice: Implications of developing representational ability for literacy teaching and learning. Guilford.


Banerjee, R, Yuill, N., Larson, C., Easton, K., Robinson, E. &  Rowley, M. (2007) Children's differentiation between beliefs about matters of fact and matters of opinion. Developmental Psychology, 43, 1084-96.

Bonnett, V., Harris, A., Yuill, N. & Lyon, J. (2007). The relation  between mastery and performance orientation, receptivity to guidance  and learning transfer. Presented at the BPS Developmental Section  conference, University of Plymouth, August 2007.

Coultas, J. & Yuill, N. (2007) A Developmental Perspective on the Role of the Recognition of Facial Expressions of Emotions and  Group Living. Human Behaviour and Evolution Society conference, Virginia,USA, May.

Harris, A. & Yuill, N (2007) The relation between  developmental change in children's understanding of ability and their  understanding of educational targets. Poster presented at The British  Psychological Society Developmental Section Conference, Plymouth.

Harris. A., Luckin, R., & Yuill N. (2007) Creating contexts for productive peer collaboration: some design considerations. In Proceedings of 13th International Conference on Artificial Intelligence in Education.  Los Angeles.

Sullivan, S., Yuill, N. Ruffman, T. & Slade, L. (2007). Emotion recognition and Theory of Mind abilities in middle childhood: relation  to earlier measures of belief and emotion understanding. Jean Piaget Society  conference on Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, Amsterdam, May.

Yuill,N., Sullivan,S., Ruffman, T. & Slade, L. (2007). Continuity from 3 to 11 Years in Children's Theory of Mind and Mental State Talk.European Society for Developmental Psychology, Jena, Germany, August.

Yuill, N., Strieth, S., Roake, C., Aspden, R. & Todd, B. (2007). Designing a playground for children with autistic spectrum disorders:Effects on playful peer interactions. Journal of Autism and Developmental   Disorders, 37, 1192-1196.

Yuill, N. & Coultas, J. (2007). The relation between emotion  recognition and social experience in early adolescence. Jean Piaget   Society conference on Developmental Cognitive Neuroscience, Amsterdam, May.

Yuill, N. & Wheeler, Z. (2007) Using gesture to disambiguate meanings in joking riddles. Current Developments in Gesture Research Workshop 2,University of Manchester.

Yuill, N., Slade, S., Sullivan, S. & Ruffman, T. (2007) Early theory of mind ability predicts later emotion recognition, but not  vice versa: possible causal links between understanding emotion and  belief. Presented at the BPS Developmental Section conference, University of Plymouth, August 2007.

Yuill, N., & Lyon, J. (2007). Selective difficulty in recognising facial expressions of emotion in boys with ADHD. European child & adolescent psychiatry, 16, 398-404.


Harris, A., Yuill, N. & Luckin, R. (2006). Differences in the quality of children's collaborative interaction: The influence of   goal-focused instructions. Presented at the BPS Developmental Section  conference, Royal Holloway, University of London.

Henson, R. & Yuill, N. (2006) Education support - working in partnership. Educational Achievement and Looked After Children seminar, Making Research Count series, University of Brighton, 15.12.06.

Yuill, N. (2006) The role of metalinguistic discussion in  developing children's understanding of ambiguity and text comprehension. Symposium on Language, Communication and Cognition. Universities of Sussex and  Portsmouth, 29th May.

Yuill, N. (2006). In-service training: Assessment and remediation of comprehension difficulties. Standup Workshop, University of Dundee, 27th August.

Yuill, N. (2006). The Laughing PC: Using Jokes in Software to Improve Children's Reading Comprehension. Presented at the BPS Developmental Section conference, Royal Holloway, University of London.


Farr, W.; and Jacklin, A. (2005) The Computer in the classroom, how  useful is the computer as a medium for enhancing interaction with people with autistic spectrum disorder. British Journal of Special Educational Needs, 32 (4). NASEN.

Harris, A., Yuill, N. & Luckin, R. (2005). The influence of context  on children's learning goal adoption. 11th European Conference for  Research on Learning and Instruction. Cyprus 22-27 August.

Kerawalla, C, Pearce, D., O'Connor, J., Luckin, R., Yuill, N. &  Harris, A. (2005). Setting the Stage for Collaborative Interactions:  Exploration of Separate Control of Shared Space. In Proceedings of  12th International conference on artificial intelligence in education.IOS press. Amsterdam.

Kerawalla, L., Pearce, D., Luckin, R., Yuill, N. & Harris, A.   (2005) Using the ‘separate control of shared space' interface to mediate  the collaborative decision-making process. BPS Developmental Section  Annual Conference, University of Edinburgh, 5-8 September.

Martinez-Miron, E., Harris, A., du Boulay, B., Luckin, R. & Yuill,  N. (2005) The role of learning goals in the design of ILEs: Some issues to consider. In Proceedings of 12th International conference on artificial intelligence in education. IOS press. Amsterdam.

Pearce, D., Kerawalla, L, Luckin, R., Yuill, N. & Harris, A.   (2005). The Task-Sharing Framework: A generic approach to scaffolding, collaboration and meta-collaboration in educational software. In Looi, C.K. & Jonassen, D. Towards sustainable and Scalable Educational Innovations Informed by the Learning Sciences. 13th ICCE. IoS Press.  Pp. 338-345.

Ripley, K. & Yuill, N. (2005) Patterns of language impairment  and behaviour in boys excluded from school. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 75, 37-50.

Yuill, N, George, P., Kerawalla, C., Harris, A., Luckin, R.  & Pearce, D. (2005) Children talking about language: analysing  metalinguistic discussion and its role in text comprehension.15th Annual  Meeting of the Society for Text and Discourse, Amsterdam.

Yuill, N., Kerawalla, C., Harris, A.., Luckin, R. & Pearce, D.  (2005).  The role of language awareness and peer discussion in fostering text comprehension and cognitive flexibility. Developmental Section Annual   Conference, Edinburgh University, September 2005.


Kerawalla, L., Pearce, D., Luckin, R., Yuill, N. & Harris, A. (2004). Does this restaurant serve fish? Using a novel user interface, Separate Control of Shared Space (SCOSS), to mediate children's joint  understanding of word ambiguity in jokes. Developmental Section Annual  Conference, Leeds Metropolitan University, September 2004. Proceedings of the BPS, 2005, 13, 37.

Yuill, N.,Luckin, R., Kerawalla, L., Pearce, D. & Harris, A. (2004) Creativity in verbal humour: Riddles and language play. Invited  symposium on Computers and Creativity, British Psychological Society Annual Conference, Imperial College, 15-17 April. Proceedings of the  BPS, 12, 146.

Yuill, N., Galpin, A., Lloyd-Lyons, R. & Bain, K. (2004)  The role of understanding ambiguity in children's reading comprehension.  Society for the Scientific Study of Reading Annual Conference, Amsterdam 28  June.

Yuill, N., Kerawalla, L., Pearce, D., Edwards, S., Luckin, R. &  Harris, A. (2004) A JELLYfish or a jelly FISH? Children's understanding  of intonation in sensible and anomalous word compounds in relation   to metalinguistic awareness. Developmental Section Annual Conference,  Leeds Metropolitan University, September 2004. Proceedings of the  BPS, 2005, 13, 49.


Luckin, R, du Boulay, B., Yuill, N., Kerawalla, L., Pearce, D. &  Harris, A. (2003). Using software scaffolding to increase metacognitive  skills amongst young learners. 11th International Conference on Artificial  Intelligence and Education, Melbourne, Australia, August 2003.

Yuill, N., Luckin, R., Kerawalla, L., Pearce, D. & Harris, A.   (2003) The Laughing PC: Using Verbal Humour in Multimedia Software  to Promote Children's Language Comprehension. BPS Developmental Section  Annual Conference, University of Coventry, September 2003.