Staff profile - Peter Enticott

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Dr Peter Enticott

Position: Associate Professor of Psychology (Cognitive neuroscience)
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Health
Department: School of Psychology
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 92445504 +61 3 92445504



A/Prof. Peter Enticott is Discipline Leader in Cognitive Neuroscience and Director of the Cognitive Neuroscience Unit (CNU) in the School of Psychology, Melbourne Burwood campus. He is a cognitive neuroscientist and registered psychologist. Peter’s work examines the neurobiological basis of autism spectrum disorders (ASD, including autism and Asperger’s syndrome). These are highly-prevalent neurodevelopmental disorders that affect social functioning, communication, and behaviour, and for which there is currently no biomedical treatment. Related to this, Peter is also interested in the way that the human brain allows us to understand other’s thoughts and emotions (e.g., empathy).

Peter uses a combination of cutting-edge neuroscience techniques (e.g., functional neuroimaging, electroencephalography, non-invasive brain stimulation) and clinical/neurobehavioural assessment among both healthy and clinical populations. Peter is also committed to the translation of this work to the development of a first biomedical treatment for ASD, and a large part of his research involves world-first clinical trials assessing whether non-invasive brain stimulation (e.g., transcranial magnetic stimulation, transcranial direct current stimulation) can be used to improve both clinical and neurophysiological aspects of ASD.

In 2006 Peter completed a PhD at Monash University, where he examined neuropsychological factors associated with impulsivity and aggression among violent offenders. Prior to this he completed his undergraduate studies in psychology at Deakin University.

Peter has worked in autism research since 2001. He has published over 60 scientific articles in the areas of autism, Asperger’s disorder, and schizophrenia. Peter is currently funded by a National Health and Medical Research Council (NHMRC) career development fellowship (2013-2016), and holds additional research grants from the Australian Research Council (ARC), and the Brain and Behaviour Research Foundation (US).


  • Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology), Deakin University, 2001
  • Doctor of Philosophy, Monash University, 2006

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Knowledge areas

Cognitive neuroscience, social cognition, autism spectrum disorder, schizophrenia, transcranial magnetic stimulation (TMS), transcranial direct current stimulation (tDCS), electromyography (EMG), electroencephalography (EEG), functional neuroimaging.


Awards and prizes

2013 Young Scientists’ Award, World Federation of Societies of Biological Psychiatry

2012 Young Tall Poppy Science Award, Australian Institute of Policy & Science

2010 Rising Research Star Award, Monash University School of Psychology & Psychiatry

2003 Monash University Faculty of Medicine Postgraduate Excellence Award

2000 Australian Psychological Society Prize (Deakin)


Research interests

Cognitive neuroscience, autism spectrum disorder, social cognition, empathy, non-invasive brain stimulation, neuroimaging, neurophysiology.

Research grants

2013-2016, NHMRC Career Development Fellowship, CI: Enticott

2013-2014, NARSAD Young Investigator Award, CI: Enticott

2013-2014, ARC Discovery Project, CI: Hohwy, Enticott, Frith

2012-2013, ARC Discovery Project, CI: Enticott

2009-2012, NHMRC Early Career Fellowship, CI: Enticott

2009-2010, NHMRC Project Grant, CI: Enticott

2009-2010, NARSAD Young Investigator Award, CI: Enticott



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Selected recent publications:

Enticott, P. G., Kennedy, H. A., Johnston, P. J., Rinehart, N. J., Tonge, B. J., & Fitzgerald, P. B. (in press). Emotion recognition of static and dynamic faces in autism spectrum disorders. Cognition and Emotion.

Enticott, P. G., Fitzgibbon, B. M., Kennedy, H. A., Arnold, S. L., Elliot, D., Peachey, A., Zangen, A., & Fitzgerald, P. B. (in press). A double-blind, randomized trial of deep repetitive transcranial magnetic stimulation for autism spectrum disorder. Brain Stimulation.

Palmer, C. J., Paton, B., Hohwy, J., & Enticott, P. G. (2013). Movement under uncertainty: The effects of the rubber-hand illusion vary along the nonclinical autism spectrum. Neuropsychologia, 51, 1942-1951.

Enticott, P. G., Kennedy, H. A., Rinehart, N. J., Bradshaw, J. L., Tonge, B. J., Daskalakis, Z. J., & Fitzgerald, P. B. (2013). Interpersonal motor resonance in autism spectrum disorder: Evidence against a global “mirror system” deficit. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7, 218.

Hill, A. T., Fitzgibbon, B. M., Arnold, S. L., Rinehart, N. J., Fitzgerald, P. B., & Enticott, P. G. (2013). Modulation of putative mirror neuron activity by both positively and negatively valenced affective stimuli: A TMS study. Behavioural Brain Research, 249, 116-123.

Enticott, P. G., Kennedy, H. A., Rinehart, N. J., Tonge, B. J., Bradshaw, J. L. & Fitzgerald, P. B. (2013) GABAergic activity in autism spectrum disorders: An investigation of cortical inhibition via transcranial magnetic stimulation. Neuropharmacology, 68, 202-209.

Enticott, P. G., Kennedy, H. A., Rinehart, N. J., Tonge, B. J., Bradshaw, J. L., Taffe, J. R., Daskalakis, Z. J., & Fitzgerald, P. B. (2012). Mirror neuron activity associated with social impairments but not age in autism spectrum disorder. Biological Psychiatry, 71, 427-433.

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