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Friday, September 14, 2012

Recruiting: Boston University's "Measuring Autism Potential" (MAP) Project

Boston University’s Research on Autism & Developmental Disorders Lab (ROADD) has recently started a new project funded by the National Institute of Health and headed by Dr. Helen Tager-Flusberg.

For a research study, they are currently recruiting children and young adults between the ages of 7 and 21 with Autism Spectrum Disorders who have limited spoken language, as well as children and young adults with Asperger’s and High-Functioning Autism who have developed language.

In the Measuring Autism Potential (MAP) project, they are exploring how children ASD process language, and how their potential for understanding speech can be reliably measured. Participants will be asked to watch a computer, as researchers observe and record where they look as a way of interpreting how they understand the words.

Event-related brain potentials (ERPs) will also be collected, via a non-invasive method for looking at brain activity involving placement of a net on the child’s head.

Participants will be compensated for their time, children will receive small gifts and parking will be validated.

For more information, please contact Samantha Siegel at siegelse@bu.edu or by phone at (617) 358-5914, and visit ROADD's website www.bu.edu/autism.

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