This study is important because it can provide new understandings of social mechanisms in autistic individuals, a largely under-investigated area of autism. It might also have long term impact and clinical utility as results might inform better knowledge about social space in autism, which may lead to better behavioral interventions and therapies to assist autistic individuals in their qualities of life. At the same time, participation in this study culminates in participants receiving testing reports of evaluations that generally can cost upwards of $1000-2000 for free.
What are the goals of the study?
The overall goal of the study is to understand differences in neural computations of social interactions in autism using dynamic tasks and neuroimaging methods.
What will happen during the visit or online?
It involves 2-3 in person visits for EEG, MRI tasks, and clinical assessments, as well as remote surveys and clinical assessments. You will be compensated $20 an hour for your time, which should be about $150 in total.
How will this help families?
Help to better understand the social brain and phenotype of autism in order to provide new insights into treatment targets.