We would like to invite you to participate in our research project investigating visual perception in people with and without Autism Spectrum Conditions (ASC).
Our research is looking at how you see and remember the visual world, and how attention changes what we see. We hope our findings will provide a better understanding about the differences in vision and attention occurring in autism.
What will participating in this project be like?
In this project, researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Dartmouth College will travel to your home or a nearby meeting venue for a study visit. You will be asked to participate in a behavioral experiment in which you will take visual tests on a computer and complete questionnaires. The visual tests will involve looking at moving pictures and visual illusions on a screen and making simple judgments about them. The testing session will end with a collection of personality questionnaires and cognitive tests, each aiming to link variations in how you see with how you understand the world. The study will take between .5-1 hours, and will include breaks.
Who is invited to participate in this project?
To participate in the study, you must be 8 years of age or older. In addition, you must have normal or corrected-to-normal vision. Parental consent is required if you are under 18 years old.
Will my taking part in this project be kept confidential?
Yes. Only properly authorized people directly involved in the study may access the information you provide, and this information will be treated as strictly confidential. You can decide at any time that you do not want to do the project and do not have to explain why. The project has received ethical approval from the MIT IRB and is sponsored by the Simons Foundation.
How do I participate?
If you decide to participate you will receive $150 for your help and reimbursement for your travel to our research location. If you are interested in participating, please complete the form below and your information will be sent to the study coordinator.
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