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  • Imaging of the Brainstem in Autism (Hartwell)

    We are recruiting children 6-10 years old with autism, attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or typical development. We hope to better understand the brain and behaviors of children with autism and autism-related disorders.

    • Participants will complete 3 hours of behavioral tasks and a 1-hour MRI brain scan (across one or multiple study visits), while parents answer questions. The behavioral tasks will include an abbreviated IQ assessment and sensorimotor assessments (asking your child to do activities like drawing, playing with balls, hopping, squeezing objects, sorting objects, doing sit ups, and balancing).
    • All sessions will be completed at the Waisman Center. To offset transportation costs, participants will receive $0.51 cents per mile up to 100 miles for travel to and from the study.
    • Families will be compensated $50/MRI scan and $10/hour for their participation.

    Interested in helping us with this study to better understand brain development in children with autism and autism-related disorders? The next step is to answer some questions to see if you are eligible to participate. Contact Brittany Travers at (608) 263-0282 or MotorLab@waisman.wisc.edu for more information.

    PI: Brittany Travers
    Keywords: Autism, Brain Imaging

  • Robotically-Guided Motor Training

    We are recruiting children with Autism Spectrum Disorder or with typical development ages 10-12 years old to complete drawing motor tasks with a robot. We are interested in the ways in which children learn to move and draw and how different robot conditions, making the task more or less challenging, impact learning.

    • Participants will complete a fun robotically-guided drawing activity in addition to standardized motor, IQ, and autism assessments. Parents will also complete questionnaires.
    • Study participation takes 2-4 hours at the Waisman Center, UW Kinesiology department, or UW Engineering department.
    • Families will receive $10/hour for their participation.

    If you are interested or would like more information, please contact Aubrey Fisher at (608) 263-8913 or MotorRobot@waisman.wisc.edu.

    PI: Brittany Travers 
    Keywords: Autism, Motor Development

  • Learning and Decision Making in Autism and Typical Development (ICTR)
    We are recruiting adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder or with typical development ages 13-17 years old for our Computer Learning Games study. We hope to better understand the brain, learning, and decision making of individuals with autism and typical development.

    • Participants will complete a 30-90 minute intake session (standardized IQ and behavioral assessments) at the Waisman Center, while parents complete questionnaires.
    • Then, adolescents will come to the Wisconsin Institutes for Medical Research (WIMR) for 11 study visits (1 hour each) to play space-themed learning and decision-making computer games.
    • A magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan at the end of the study is optional.
    • Participants are compensated $10/hour for the intake and game-playing sessions and $50/MRI scan (up to $175).

    If you are interested in helping us better understand the brain, learning, and decision making in adolescents with and without autism, please contact Brittany Travers at (608) 263-8913 or ComputerGames@waisman.wisc.edu.

    PI: Brittany Travers, Ari Rosenberg
    Keywords: Autism, Brain Imaging

  • Study of Daily Motor Tasks

    We are looking for adults (18+ years of age) with typical development for a

    The purpose of the study is to examine motor properties of balance and grip strength tasks in adults to better understand the underlying kinematics and postural stability of children with autism.

    • Participants will complete one 30-minute session. 
    • During the session, participants will complete grip strength measurements, postural stability tests on a Wii Balance Board, and a rain suit dressing task while they put on a clear rain suit over their clothes. A Kinect camera and Wii Board will record balance and movements of participants while they complete the task.

    If you are interested in participating, please contact Brittany Travers at (608) 263-0282 or MotorLab@waisman.wisc.edu for more information.

    PI: Brittany Travers
    Keywords: Motor Development

  • The Effects of Video Game Learning on the Brain in Adolescents with Autism

    The Motor and Brain Development Lab at the Waisman Center is recruiting high-functioning adolescents with Autism Spectrum Disorder (14-17 years old) from the Madison, WI area for a research study that looks at brain and behavior changes after learning skills from playing video games.

    • Participants will complete a 1.5-2.5 hour intake assessment and a 1-hour MRI brain scan, while parents answer questions about their child. The intake assessment will include an abbreviated IQ assessment, an autism diagnostic assessment (asking questions and doing activities with books and pictures), and a standardized motor assessment (asking your child to do activities like drawing, playing with balls, hopping, sorting objects, doing sit ups, and balancing).
    • Then, participants will come to the Waisman Center for six weeks to play Wii and Kinect video games.
    • After the six weeks, participants will complete a 1-hour end-of-study assessment and another 1-hour MRI brain scan.
    • Families will be compensated $50/ MRI scan and $10/hour for their participation (up to $315).

    Interested in helping us better understand video game learning and brain changes in autism? Contact Brittany Travers at (608) 263-0282 or MotorLab@waisman.wisc.edu for more information.

    PI: Brittany Travers
    Keywords: Motor Development, Autism, Brain Imaging

  • Waisman Center Video Game Motor Learning Study

    We are looking for children and adolescents in the Madison, WI area (6-17 years of age) with Autism Spectrum Disorder or with typical development to study how people learn motor skills from playing video games.

    • Participants will complete a 1.5-2.5 hour intake assessment, while parents answer questions about their child.
    • Then, participants will come to the Waisman Center for six weeks to play Wii and Kinect motor video games.
    • Families will receive $10/hour (up to $205) for their participation.

    Interested in helping us better understand motor learning in autism and in typical development? Contact Brittany Travers at (608) 263-0282 or btravers@wisc.edu for more information.

    PI: Brittany Travers
    Keywords: Motor Development, Autism