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Understanding regulation of visual attention and emotion in autism

  • Study HIC#:0808004146
  • Last Updated:12/22/2022

Help us pioneer studies of brain function in children 18 - 36 months. Study participation involves fNIRS imaging while watching videos of people smiling and talking.

What is fNIRS?

  • fNIRS measures brain activity via optic lights

How is fNIRS done?

  • Child is seated on parent's lap and watches movies on a computer screen

Is fNIRS safe?

  • fNIRS is safe for babies and children, involves no medication, no x-rays, and no radiation

This study may take up to 2 hours and compensation up to $40 is provided.

  • Age4 months - 8 years
  • GenderBoth
  • Start Date09/15/2008
  • End Date12/31/2022

Trial Purpose and Description

To measure the attentional capacities of young children by designing a Visual Attention Assessment Suite, constructing novel computational analysis techniques for comparing gaze patterns across individuals, populations, and time and validating techniques against both standard behavioral assessment protocols and through an embodied modeling approach to ensure that our models capture the behaviorally important aspects of gaze.

Eligibility Criteria

Inclusion criteria: 

  • Babies and young children, 4 months to 8 year old children, at risk for autism
  • with autism and developmental delays, 
  • as well as typically developing children.

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