What is the study for? The goal of this study is to provide a comprehensive profile of the nervous systems in order to understand interactions between the brain and body, while an individual walks naturally and while breathing at a slow controlled pace. We aim to study these interactions among a variety of populations, from healthy individuals to those with disorders such as Autism Spectrum Disorder(s), including those who may also have an ADHD diagnosis, Asperger’s Syndrome, and/or Fragile X syndrome

What will the participants do? The participant will walk naturally around the room and breath at a slow pace while a following a metronome beats in the background. At certain points, the participant will be instructed to breathe along with the beat of the metronome. During this experiment, the participant will be wearing a wireless Electroencephalographic (EEG) cap to record brain activity, wireless motion sensors around the body to record movement, and wireless electrocardiogram (ECG) on the chest to record heart activity. Please note, wearing a wireless EEG cap will involve applying electrode gel (similar to hair gel) on the participant’s hair. How long is the experiment? The experiment itself will take 45 minutes – comprising 3 walking trials lasting 15 minutes each – but this can be reduced depending on the participant’s disposition. Breaks for light refreshments and sensory toys will be provided as needed. The setup will take an additional 15-30 minutes, depending on the child’s pace and playfulness.

Where/when does the experiment take place? The experiment will be conducted at the Sensory-motor Integration Lab, Psychology Building on Busch campus, at Rutgers University (152 Frelinghuysen Road, Piscataway, NJ 08854). Based on the availability of the participant and the experimenter, the date and place can be coordinated any day and time of the week – including weekends. Additional members of staff can provide on-site childcare for siblings upon request.

What is the compensation? There is monetary compensation of $25 per visit.

How do I participate? Please contact any one of the following if you/your child would be interested in participating in the experiment.

Ji-Hye Ryu (jihye.ryu@rutgers.edu, 917-378-1164)
Elizabeth Torres, Principal Investigator (732-208-3158)
Sensory-motor Integration Lab (848-445-8909)