Auditory and Language Processing across the Autism Spectrum: A Research Study

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Alexandra Petrou is a research student at Heriot-Watt University. Her PhD is assessing auditory and language processing in adults with autism spectrum conditions. She is conducting a research study and is seeking people to assist her in her research.


Alexandra explains the details of the study below:


If you have been diagnosed with high-functioning autism or Asperger’s syndrome, speak English as your only native language, you are between 18 and 40 years of age, and have no other known learning disability, I would like you to consider taking part.
If you decide to take part, you will be asked to complete a number of tasks that comprise two broad categories: Computer-based tasks and language-based tasks. The computer-based tasks include listening to speech and non-speech sounds over headphones and pressing a key to respond; or completing a puzzle. The language-based tasks are given as pen-and-paper tasks such as questionnaires and test your language and communication ability. One of the language tasks tests your ability to repeat back made-up words over headphones and this will be recorded to ensure reliable scoring afterwards.


You will also be given a set of tasks that form the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS). This set of tasks will be videotaped. The ADOS is a mix of tasks and conversations to assess communication and social interaction ability. You will be asked to give your consent to allow us to keep the video recording for research and teaching purposes. This is an optional consent point and not compulsory to take part.


During the study, the tasks will take no longer than 3 hours to complete. However, the tasks can be completed in separate sessions if preferred. The tasks can be carried out at a convenient location for you. I am based at Heriot-Watt University but I will travel to wherever you are located so you will not be inconvenienced. You will be given £15 upon completion of the tasks.


For the full details of the study, view the following PDF: Auditory and Language Processing Across the Autism Spectrum