Autism related study at TEACCH

I got this notice of an interesting sounding study over at the amazing TEACCH center. I hope to get someone from there to come talk to us later this semester. The study sounds interesting and pays $20 too. If anyone participates I’d love to hear about the experience.

We are currently recruiting adults between 18 and 29 years old. We are looking at responses to emotional pictures during a laboratory session which will take about 60-90 minutes. The study takes place at the Chapel Hill TEACCH center in Carrboro and we are offering $20 cash compensation.

Your participation in this study would involve completing a 5-minute questionnaire form and then a laboratory session during which we will ask you to look at some pictures on a computer screen. Some of the pictures will be pleasant, such as pictures of ice cream or cuddly animals, some will be neutral, such as pictures of common household objects, and some will be unpleasant, such as pictures of snakes or spiders. We will record your reactions to the pictures with small, harmless, and painless sensors on your face held in place with adhesive.

In order to qualify for the study, you must:
1) Be between the ages of 18 and 29
2) Not have a diagnosis of a psychiatric disorder (e.g., ADHD or OCD)
3) Not be taking any psychiatric treatment (e.g., medication or talk therapy)
4) Not have a family member who has been diagnosed with an Autism Spectrum Disorder (e.g., autism or Asperger?s syndrome)

If you are interested in participating or have any questions, please contact:

Tia Stevens
Project Coordinator

This study is being conducted by Gabriel Dichter, an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry, and James Bodfish, a professor in the
Department of Psychiatry.

This study, “Psychophysiology of Individuals with Autism,” was approved by the Biomedical Institutional Review Board (IRB) for the University of
North Carolina (IRB #07-0840).

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