Staff profile - Peter Enticott

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AsPr Peter Enticott

Position: Associate Professor
role description
Faculty or Division: Faculty of Health
Department: School of Psychology
Campus: Melbourne Burwood Campus
Phone: +61 3 924 45504 +61 3 924 45504



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 [TMS], transcranial direct current stimulation [tDCS]) can be used to improve both clinical and neurophysiological aspects of ASD. Peter is also part of an international consensus group for the use of TMS in 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 80 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


Australasian Society for Autism Research

International Society for Autism Research

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Teaching Interests

Cognitive Psychology, Cognitive Neuroscience, Developmental Psychology, Psychopathology.

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

Research groups

Cognitive Neuroscience Unit (CNU), Deakin Child Study Centre (DCSC), Centre for Social and Early Emotional Development (SEED), Neurodevelopmental Disorders.



Google Scholar Profile

Selected recent publications:

Andrews, S. C., Enticott, P. G., Hoy, K. E., Thomson, R. H., & Fitzgerald, P. B. (in press, 26/05/2015). No evidence for mirror system dysfunction in schizophrenia from a multimodal TMS/EEG study. Psychiatry Research.

Donaldson, P., Rinehart, N. J., & Enticott, P. G. (in press, 25/05/2015). Noninvasive stimulation of the temporoparietal junction: A systematic review. Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews.

Kirkovski, M., Enticott, P. G., Maller, J. J., Rossell, S. L., & Fitzgerald, P. B. (in press, 07/05/2015). Diffusion tensor imaging reveals no white matter impairments among adults with autism spectrum disorder. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging.

Fitzgibbon, B. M., Giummarra, M. J., Tsao, J. W., Gibson, S., Rich, A. N., Georgiou-Karistianis, N., Chou, M., Bradshaw, J. L., Alphonso, A. L., Tung, M. L., Drastal, C. A., Hanling, S., Pasquina, P. F., & Enticott, P. G. (in press, 06/04/2015). Post-traumatic stress disorder symptoms associated with painful and non-painful vicarious reactivity following amputation. Journal of Traumatic Stress.

Andrews, S. C., Enticott, P. G., Hoy, K. E., Thomson, R. H., & Fitzgerald, P. B. (in press, 10/03/2015). Reduced mu suppression and altered motor resonance in euthymic bipolar disorder: Evidence for a dysfunctional mirror system? Social Neuroscience.

Enticott, P. G. (2015). Toward a functional account of the human mirror system: Comment on "Grasping synergies: A motor-control approach to the mirror neuron mechanism" by A. d'Ausilio et al. Physics of Life Reviews, 12, 104-105.

Palmer, C. J., Paton, B., Kirkovski, M., Enticott, P. G., & Hohwy, J. (2015). Context sensitivity in action decreases along the autism spectrum: a predictive processing perspective. Proceedings of the Royal Society B, 282, 20141557.

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