Autism Spectrum Study

How does your brain group visual information? How does attention change how you see? We would like to invite you to participate in our research project investigating visual perception in people with Autism Spectrum conditions.

Who is invited to participate?

To participate in the study, you must be 16 years of age or older, have a diagnosis of Autism, ASD, PDD-NOS, or Asperger’s syndrome. In addition, you must have normal or corrected-to-normal vision, and no diagnosis of ADHD. Parental consent required if you are under 18 years old.

What will the study be like?

This project will require you to travel to the Department of Brain and Cognitive Sciences at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. You will be asked to participate in a functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) brain scan, take visual tests, and complete questionnaires. The visual tests will involve making judgments about moving pictures and interesting visual illusions on a computer screen. The study will take approximately 3-4 hours, and will include breaks.

Will my taking part in this project be kept confidential?

Yes. Only properly authorized people directly involved in the study may access the information you provide, and this information will be treated as strictly confidential. You can decide at any time that you do not want to do the project and do not have to explain why. The project has received ethical approval from the MIT IRB.

How do I participate?

If you decide to participate you will receive $100 for your help, reimbursement for your travel to our research center at MIT, and pictures of your brain to take home. If you are interested in participating, please contact Caroline Robertson by email at mri [dot] perception [at] gmail [dot] com or by phone at (773) 620 5224.