Many eyetracking studies have shown that people with autism look at pictures and videos in unusual ways. Ours would be the first to probe this topic with a large number of participants, and by following them over several weeks. This would tell us whether there are individual eyetracking patterns that we could ultimately use to better diagnose and subtype autism.
What are the goals of the study?
This study shows participants pictures and videos on the screen of their home computer, laptop, or cell phone. We use the webcams on these devices to do eyetracking over the internet. The goal is to study social attention in a large sample of individuals, and to study participants over several weeks/months longitudinally.
What will happen during the visit or online?
We will send you all instructions over email, and you will fill out questionnaires over the internet, and then do weekly sessions of eyetracking on your home computer.
How will this help families?
It will give you very detailed information about visual attention, and how this might change over time with training, mood, or medication.