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Latent Readiness Potential in Autism

by Longo,Robert Edward last modified Apr 25, 2012 11:51 AM

What is the purpose of this study?

The study will help define abnormalities in planning and completing motor tasks in autistic individuals. The study will use electrophysiological measurements similar to what is done in an electroencephalogram (EEG).

What does participation in this study mean?

Results of the study may identify a specific learning difficulty, which reflects an abnormality in how the brain processes information. The information would help explain associated problems of perception, language and thought.

Who is eligible for participation in this study?

Autistic individuals and neurotypicals that can provide for age-matched controls can participate in the study. Since participants will have to follow instructions on tasks and interact with the researchers the study requires higher functioning individuals with a good command of language.

What is the time commitment for participation in the study?

The study entails coming for a couple of visits. Each visit may take up to 2 hours depending on the subject.

What are the potential benefits for participating in the study?

There won't be a benefit to individual participants. Results are meant to help define the mechanisms of a core feature of autism. Results would benefit autistics as whole in terms of better understanding some of their signs and symptoms.

Will participants be compensated for their time or expenses?

No.

What risks are involved in participating in the study?

Electrodes will be placed in different areas of the scalp and some hypersensitive individuals may find this uncomfortable. Also electrode placement uses gel which may leave parts for the hair "sticky" until the same is shampooed.

What safeguards are in place to minimize any risks?

Research is being conducted by experienced electrophysiolgists. Behavioral tasks will be kept to a minimum. First aid kits are available on site.

Who should I contact if I'm interested in participating?

Estato Sokhadze, Ph.D.

What is the duration of the study?

Two weeks.

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