A research team from the UNO Department of Biomechanics is seeking infants approximately 4-9 months of age for participation in a research study about the early signs of Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD).
To be eligible for the study, participants must be an infant under one year of age who must have either: 1) been born premature with low birthweight (born weighing less than 5 pounds, 8 ounces) or 2) have a sibling diagnosed with ASD.
The study involves a one-time visit that lasts 90 minutes at the Biomechanics Research Building on the University of Nebraska at Omaha campus. Compensation for your child's participation will be provided in the form of a Target gift card as well as two Fisher Price rattles. Parking is complementary and located near the lab.
For more information or to participate, please contact Jordan Wickstrom at 402.276.3053 or email@example.com. This study was approved by the Institutional Review Board, IRB #372-16-EP.
The procedure for the data collection is as follows:
1. EYE-TRACKING & WATCHING VIDEO: Infants will sit in a parent’s lap and watch a six-minute video of images of human faces and of geometric shapes. As the infant is watching the video, we will record the infant’s eye movements with an eye tracker.
2. SITTING POSTURE & WATCHING VIDEO: Infants will sit on a force plate as we measure his/her posture. During this time, the infant will watch three 30-second videos of the following:
a) A fixation cross
b) Human faces (social images)
c) Geometric shapes (non-social images)
3. DEVELOPMENTAL ASSESSMENT PROVIDED: The researcher will conduct a developmental assessment on the infant. This assessment is known as the Mullen Scales of Early Learning. Parents have the option to receive the results of this test.
Please note: if at ANY point in the study, a parent or infant become uncomfortable, we will stop data collection immediately.
This research is supported by the Buffett Early Childhood Institute, the Organization of Autism Research, and UNO's University Committee on Research and Creative Activity Grant.
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