Neuro-Oscillatory Function and Network Communication in ASD and Unaffected Siblings
The goal of this study is to understand differences in brain function related to Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). Specifically, we are interested in how different parts of the brain communicate with one another in order to attend to, process, and react to our surroundings. Ultimately, we hope that findings from this research can help identify neural differences in ASD, which can potentially lead to earlier diagnosis and inform treatments.
Participants will be asked to sit inside a booth and play simple computer games while electrical brainwave activity is being recorded using a non-invasive painless tool called EEG (Electroencephalography) as well as cognitive testing (including ASD diagnostic testing). To participate in this study, the participant must be between 8 and 12 years old and be with or without ASD or be an unaffected sibling of an individual with ASD. The study involves 2-3 in-person visits (each 4-5 hours long) to our lab. Participants will be compensated $15 an hour and individuals with ASD will receive a cognitive report from our licensed psychologist.
This study is funded by the Simons Foundation Autism Research Initiative, SFARI