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Brain imaging study: request for volunteers

We are looking for volunteers, aged 10-25, who have been identified as being on the autism spectrum to participate in a brain imaging study at Macquarie University, Sydney.

Many people with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD) experience unusually strong or atypical reactions to sights and sounds and this can have a major impact on their quality of life. Our research aims to understand how the brains of individuals with autism and typically developing children, adolescents and young adults differ in their response to sounds and images.

Participants will play two interactive tasks involving aliens, astronauts and musical tones. Whilst doing this, we measure the tiny magnetic fields produced by the brain. This technique, known as MEG, is completely safe. The MEG machine is silent and you will not be in any discomfort.

We will also take a picture of participants’ brain using an MRI scanner. This is also non-invasive but is noisy and requires participants to lie still in a confined space for about 10 minutes.

Finally, we will ask participants to complete some simple tests of language and reasoning skills. And we ask parents to fill out a brief questionnaire.

The study takes place in our labs at the Australian Hearing Hub on the Macquarie University campus. Altogether, it takes around 2.5 hours to complete. We pay $50 for each child. Participants also receive a picture of their brain.


Please contact Robert Seymour for more information:

A study of intervention outcomes in children with autism

This is a research project that you have the option to take part in if you have a child with autism aged 8-12 years old.

The research is being conducted by the Cooperative Research Centre for Living with Autism (Autism CRC) in conjunction with the University of New South Wales, Aspect and Neuroscience Research Australia.

The aim of this study is to improve our understanding of autism and help us to determine which factors are associated with good outcomes for children on the spectrum. (more…)

Research study: Measuring Anxiety in Children and Adolescents

You are invited to take part in a study that will assist in developing a measure for children and adolescents with anxiety including anxiety in children with Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD).

If you decide to take part you will be asked to complete online questionnaires involving some demographic questions and a series of questions about child anxiety. The study will take between 20-30 minutes to complete.

Your answers will be entirely anonymous and confidential. Completing the study will make you eligible for the chance to win one of five $100 Coles Myer Gift Vouchers.

We are looking for parents of children and adolescents aged 6-18years. (more…)

Understanding the Role of the Oxytocin Receptor Gene in anxiety and social behaviours in individuals with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

What is this study? What does it involve?

We are looking at genetic factors that influence social and psychological functioning in autism and Asperger’s syndrome.

Adults and children aged 12 years and over with autism will be asked to complete a range of questionnaires asking about social and psychological functioning and will be asked to provide a saliva sample, so we can look at individual differences in the oxytocin receptor gene, a gene involved in social approach and avoidance behaviours. Parents/informants/guardians will also be asked to complete some questionnaires.

All research can be undertaken in the privacy of your own home and should take around 60-90 minutes to complete.

Who can participate?

Adults, teens and children (5 years and over) who have been diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder (e.g. ASD, Asperger’s, pervasive developmental disorder) are invited to participate, along with their parents/carers! (more…)

Study of movement coordination in adults with ASD

We are looking for adults with an Autism Spectrum Disorder to take part in a study of movement coordination at Macquarie University.

Movement coordination can be a challenge for lots of people on the autism spectrum. In this study, we measure people’s muscle activity while they transfer objects from one hand to the other. The results will provide important information about how people with ASD coordinate different parts of their bodies.

Who can take part?

We are looking for adults (18 to 35) with a diagnosis of autism, Asperger syndrome, autism spectrum disorder, or PDD-NOS, who live in the Sydney area. (more…)

Talking Brains: A study of speech production in autism

Our robots are ready for the challenge. Are you?
Our robots are ready for the challenge. Are you?

We’re looking for kids with autism as well as typically developing kids to take part in our research over the next few weeks.

Participants: English-speaking kids aged 8 to 16 years old

Project description: In this study, we are investigating how children choose the right words to say and the extent to which they use the left or right side of their brain to do this. We’re also interested in word production difficulties faced by some children with autism.

Children play a computer game (against a friendly robot) in which they have to name pictures on a computer screen as quickly as possible. While they do this, we measure the tiny magnetic fields produced by their brains. This is completely safe and non-invasive.

We also get the kids to complete some simple tests of language and reasoning skills.

The study takes place in our new labs at the Australian Hearing Hub on the Macquarie University campus. Altogether, it takes around 2 hours to complete. We pay $40 for each child and can arrange free parking.

Interested? Please email Shu Yau at or ring 9850 2991


Speech development in children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder

Does your child have an Autism Spectrum Disorder?

We are conducting a longitudinal study evaluating the speech development of children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder.

What is involved?

  • Children will be assessed at the University of Sydney or in their own homes
  • Assessments will take 2 hours
  • Speech and language assessments will be completed
  • Assessments will be done initially and then following 3, 6, 9, and 12 months
  • A detailed assessment report will be provided free of charge

Who can be involved?

  • Children aged 2-6 years who have been diagnosed with an ASD
  • Children who are not yet attending formal full-time schooling
  • Children who are producing some verbal sounds or words to communicate
  • Children with English as their primary language and the primary language of at least one parent

Who do I contact?

If you would like more information regarding this study please contact:

  • Kate Broome:  0420 757 458
  • Dr. Tricia McCabe:  (02) 9351 9747