This page provides details of autism research studies being undertaken by organisations and individuals other than Research Autism.
If you are involved in postgraduate research and would like us to help you with your study please download and return this form: Application for advertising for research participants
Please note that your study will need ethical approval from your university or other suitable body (such as the NHS) before being advertised.
We regret that we are unable to accept undergraduate research projects.
This research is interested in how people with autism figure out what happened to someone from their reaction alone, and if this differs to people without autism. As a more realistic task this should allow a better measurement of emotion recognition and understanding. The results of this research should be a more accurate measure of emotion recognition and understanding in people with autism. The research is an online questionnaire, taking approximately 40 minutes.
The research consists of 5 short parts:
1. Questions about you (e.g. your age, sex, employment, qualifications etc.)
2. Watch some short video clips of people’s reactions, and try to work out what happened to them.
3. Complete a questionnaire about your personality, likes and dislikes.
4. Complete a questionnaire about your emotions and feelings.
5. Work out what people are thinking from a picture of their eyes.
If you are interested, please viist the online questionnaire.
Researchers at the University of Wisconsin – Madison are conducting a study about caregiver and family quality of life for caregivers of children with autism spectrum disorder (ASD).
The study will look at caregiver roles and how they impact caregiver relationship satisfaction and caregiver mastery. We want to understand how these factors impact the quality of life for the caregiver and how the caregiver perceives they impact their family’s quality of life.
Please follow the online link if you are interested in participating in this study.
If you have any difficulty with the link or if you would like additional information, please contact Kerry Thompson, Ed.S., M.S., NCC, by email at email@example.com, and she will be happy to assist you.
Would you like to take part in an online experiment on social confidence and decision-making?
We are looking for adults with and without autism spectrum conditions to take part in a short online experiment run in association with the University of Bath, UK. The research examines how social confidence affects decision-making and whether this is different for people with and without autism spectrum conditions (ASC). The findings will help clinicians to adapt current psychological therapies so they can better meet the needs of people with ASC who lack social confidence.
You can take part if you are aged 18 or over and English is your main language. We will not ask for your name or contact details. It takes 20-30 minutes and you can use a smartphone, tablet or PC with internet access.
For more information or to take part, please visit the study website
Knowing several languages shapes the way people interact and the way they lead their social life. But how does it work for people on the autism spectrum, who can experience specific difficulties in social interaction? To answer this question we created the Autism and Bilingualism Census – ABC.
The ABC is an online survey for all adults over 16 years-old on the autism spectrum, whether they know one or more languages. Indeed, we are looking for both monolingual and multilingual participants. The ABC includes questions on general quality of life and social habits, as well as questions on language exposure and use. The ABC is a valuable tool to learn how, as an adult on the autism spectrum, knowing several languages impacts social life and skills. It will also bring to light a population often overlooked: bilinguals on the autism spectrum.
Taking part is very easy: simply follow the link to our online survey.
I am an autistic student interested in investigating the link between the need for predictability, anxiety and sensitivity to change in the environment, which is commonly experienced by autistic individuals.
Males and females, aged 18+, with a diagnosis of ASD (including Asperger’s and high-functioning autism) are invited to take part in this study. Participation will take approximately 30 minutes and involve completing a change detection task, ‘Spot the Difference’ activity and 3 short questionnaires.
If you are interested in taking part, please follow the link to the online study.
Please note, following the link will take you to a more detailed participant information sheet which you can read before deciding to take part.
The aim of this project is to investigate behavioural difficulties and anxiety in children with neurodevelopmental disorders.
The project has a specific focus on autism spectrum disorders and Williams syndrome.
By taking a cross-syndrome approach to studying behavioural difficulties and heightened anxiety in these two groups it will be possible to explore any relationships between these features that are specific to the syndromes. It will also be possible to investigate the relationship between these features in the child and parental mental health.
The project will contribute information that can be used in the development of targeted interventions to support individuals with autism and / or Williams Syndrome and their families.
This online questionnaire study requires parents of children with autism and / or Williams syndrome between the ages of 3-17 years to answer questions about their child’s behaviour and their own health and well-being. Parents are requested to access the online questionnaire and login with password Happy.
You will then be emailed a further link to one final questionnaire to complete your participation.
We are carrying out an online study measuring social behaviours used by autistic people and the impact that these have on wellbeing.
The study takes around 30 minutes and asks about your social behaviours, other personality characteristics, and your psychological and physical health and wellbeing.
The aim of the study is to test a new measure of social behaviours. We are also interested in seeing whether certain social behaviours are related to the wellbeing of autistic adults across all ages.
If you are aged over 18 and have a diagnosis of an autism spectrum condition, you are eligible to take part.
A link to the study with more information and a consent form can be found at https://uclpsych.eu.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_3O7aRsEvVeooytT
If you have any questions, contact Laura at firstname.lastname@example.org
We are interested in thinking in people with autism. Some research has said that people with autism are more likely to think in pictures than in words, and have more repetitive thinking, and we want to investigate this further. This has important implications for mental well-being in people with autism.
Participants will need to own an iPhone or Android phone and live within a 50 mile radius of the University of Bath. Participants will have one meeting at the University of Bath or another public place, followed by a period of five days during which they will be asked to make a brief record of their thoughts five times each day. Participants will have the opportunity to be entered into a prize draw to win one of two £30 vouchers.
If interested please contact Steph Calley via email – email@example.com
This research will focus and assist in identifying how some of the characteristics of autism may have an effect on how social, romantic, and sexual behaviours and relationships are understood. This is based on the suggestion that an atypical understanding of the behaviours associated with social, romantic and sexual relationships may sometimes be behind inappropriate behaviours in these areas.
Previous research suggests that, due to an incomplete lack of understanding of the unwritten rules of social, romantic, and sexual relationships, individuals with ASD may be at risk of engaging in certain types of sexual offences, such as stalking.
By conducting this research, it is anticipated that an understanding of the specific behavioural and cognitive aspects that characterise the autistic spectrum and that may be associated with an atypical understanding of social, romantic and sexual relationships will be gained. The ultimate objective of this study is to inform the development of more adequate support for individuals with Autism mainly in terms of social skills training, sexual and romantic relationships education which specifically cater for the needs of this population.