Selective Attention and Audiovisual Integration in Children with Autism

What is the purpose of the study?

The purpose of this study is to investigate the possible differences in how individuals with an autism spectrum disorder, (ASD), attend to, perceive, and process visual and auditory stimuli as individual modalities as well as in combination.

What does participation in this study mean?

Participation in this study involves a clinical office visit for evaluation or confirmation of an ASD diagnosis and a one-time office visit to participate in a computer based oddball selection task; during which researchers will record the participants’ electroencephalogram, (EEG), readings. The task takes an average of 18 minutes.

Who is eligible for participation in this study?

Children and adolescents between the ages of 6 and 21 who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder as well as control subjects that are not suspected to have an ASD are eligible for participation.

What is the time commitment for participation in the study?

This study only requires one clinical evaluation and one 20-25 minute research lab visit.

What are the potential benefits of participating in the study?

Participation in this study will help researchers elucidate some of the differences in the neurological processing of sensory stimuli in the ASD population. With this insight, researchers will have information to assist in making various treatment and educational tools more efficient for families as well as professionals working with ASD individuals.

Will participants be compensated for their time or expenses?

Yes, a budget of $25.00 per individual has been allotted for participation in this study – for both ASD and control subjects.

What risks are involved in participating in the study?

The oddball task and EEG recording is completely non-invasive. Subjects may feel very slight discomfort from the placement of EEG recording net. Those with epileptic sensitivities to flashing images should consult their physician regarding their participation in this study.

What safeguards are in place to minimize any risks?

A trained clinician will evaluate all ASD participants before he or she is given permission to participate. The study site is the Cognitive Neuroscience lab, which currently conducts and has conducted numerous studies. The individuals operating in the lab have years of experience and training in working with patients and subjects.

Who should I contact if I'm interested in the study?

Ryan Kiser,

What is the duration of the study?

The study is currently ongoing.