Sarah Haigh

Assistant Professor
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My main research interests focus on neurological responses to sensory stimuli, specifically what drives the system to over-respond (hyper-excitable) or to under-respond (hypo-excitable), and how this impacts sensory-related cognition. I am interested in what this can reveal 1) about early sensory processing in neurotypical individuals, and 2) about the underlying pathophysiology in certain clinical conditions, for example, schizophrenia, autism, migraine or traumatic brain injury. My aim is to establish if methods for improving sensory processing would then have cascading improvements on complex cognitive processing.

Courses taught

  • PSY 240
  • PSY 404
  • PSY 762


  • Ph.D., Vision Science, University of Essex, 2012
  • BSc (hons), Experimental Psychology from the University of Bristol, United Kingdom, 2009


  • Sarah M Haigh, Shaun M Eack, Timothy Keller, Nancy J Minshew & Marlene Behrmann (2019). White matter structure in schizophrenia and autism: abnormal diffusion across the brain in schizophrenia. Neuropsychologia. 135.

  • Sarah M Haigh, Alireza Chamanzar, Pulkit Grover & Marlene Behrmann (2019). Cortical Hyper-Excitability in Migraine in Response to Chromatic Patterns. Headache. 59, 1773-1787.

  • Sarah M Haigh, Brian A Coffman, Timothy K Murphy, Christiana D Butera, Justin Leiter-McBeth & Dean F Salisbury (2019). Reduced late mismatch negativity and auditory sustained potential to rule-based patterns in schizophrenia. European Journal of Neuroscience. 49, 249-289.

  • Sarah M Haigh (2018). Special issue: the neurological bases of Autism Spectrum Disorders. Variable sensory perception in autism. European Journal of Neuroscience.

  • Sarah M Haigh, Jennifer A Walsh, Carla Mazefsky, Nancy J Minshew & Shaun M Eack (2018). Processing speed is impaired in adults with autism spectrum disorder, and relates to social communication abilities. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. 48(8), 2653-62.

  • Sarah M Haigh, Akshat Gupta, Shaun M Eack, Scott M Barb, Summer A F Glass, Nancy J Minshew, Ilan Dinstein, David J Heeger & Marlene Behrmann (2016). Differential sensory fMRI signatures in autism and schizophrenia: analysis of amplitude and trial-to-trial variability. Schizophrenia Research. 175, 12-19.47(6), 602-609.

  • Sarah M Haigh, Nicholas R Cooper & Arnold J Wilkins (2015). Cortical excitability and the shape of the haemodynamic response. Neuroimage, 111, 379-384.

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